Meaning of foreign legion

for'eign le'gion

Pronunciation: [key]
  1. a military unit consisting of foreign volunteers in the service of a state.
  2. (caps.) a specialized military unit of the French army, consisting of volunteers of all nationalities assigned to military operations and duties outside France.
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