Originally Posted by baldilocks
Incidentally, in case anyone didn't know, the process of driving out the French was the origin of "guerrilla." The Andalucian resistance groups carried out skirmishes "little wars" i.e. "guerrillas" which, correctly speaking, refers to the minor battles, not the people who are guerrilleros.
Interesting. It makes sense that “guerrilla” would mean little war, and in the Diccionario de la Real Academia Espańola the first definition is “escaramuza” (skirmish). In my experience in Latin America, “la guerrilla” is used to describe the entire group, whereas an individual fighter is a guerrillero
. Although in Central America in the 80s, many people just referred to them as “los muchachos”...