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or Heyduck, Heyduke, Heyduc

[hahy-doo k] /ˈhaɪ dʊk/
one of a class of mercenary soldiers in 16th-century Hungary.
an outlaw who engaged in brigandage and irregular warfare against the Turks in the Slavic regions of the Ottoman Empire.
a male servant or attendant dressed in semimilitary Hungarian costume.
Also, Heiduc, Heiduk.
Origin of Haiduk
< Hungarian hajdúk, plural of hajdú Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for Haiduk
Historical Examples
  • He will have Skinner before him, a Haiduk in the rear, and me at the table; we'll show you sport, my boy!

    The Village Notary Jzsef Etvs
  • Nothing; for the Haiduk, whose duty it was to sleep on the threshold, had been taken away to join the watch on Viola.

    The Village Notary Jzsef Etvs
  • The young Lord, the Haiduk, the master of the hounds, and the fool were entertaining themselves playing ball.

British Dictionary definitions for Haiduk


a rural brigand in the European part of the Ottoman Empire
Word Origin
C17: from Hungarian hajdúk brigands
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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