Are you wondering what 'recce' means? If so, you are not alone. English language learners and native speakers alike are confused by the word. I can help, though!
This guide will find the meaning, definition, usage examples, and why this word confuses many people.
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You have the short answer. However, there is a lot more to learn about this word. So, keep reading!
As I mentioned above, 'recce' is a shortened version of the word reconnaissance, which according to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, is a:
It can also mean:
Here are a few other words used with the above term.
'Recce' is a relatively new word in the English language, with the first instances of it appearing in military writings in 1941. The term originated as a slang term used by some military members for reconnaissance.
Reconnaissance is a much older word with documented uses dating back to the mid-to-late 1700s. It comes from the French word reconnoiter, the archaic word reconoistre, meaning to recognize.
As mentioned above, 'recce' is a relatively new word. It is not frequently used.
So, how do you know when and how to use it?
The word is military slang and is typically used as a noun to refer to military missions, so:
For example, you might say:
Let me look over the 'recce' before we decide whether to attack from the east or west side of the enemy's camp.
For example, you could say:
We will 'recce' the area before the mission to gain valuable intel to help us prevent casualties and complete the task with as little damage to the area as possible.
Many people outside the military community are unfamiliar with the term 'recce.' After all, that is likely why you are here. So, if you are a home builder, you would not want to tell someone:
That would likely confuse the person. Instead, save this term for communications with people who will probably understand the meaning, like current or former Airforce, Army, Marine Corps, or Navy members.
For example, you could ask a soldier friend:
Pronouncing words that are not frequently used can be very confusing because you do not hear them often, and this word has strange pronunciation.
So, here is a pronunciation guide to help:
While we are on the topic, I will also tell you how to pronounce reconnaissance.
Now you know the definition, how and when to use the word, and the correct pronunciation. So, before you go, review the sample sentences below:
Due to 'recce' being a relatively new word and not many people outside the military community using it, many are unsure of its meaning. You should have a firm grasp on it now, but here is a quick recap to be sure you know the definition and how to use it:
If you ever need a refresher, you can always come back here to review this guide. You can also look over the other posts here to learn how to use other confusing words and phrases.