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Haiduk

or Hey·duck, Hey·duke, Hey·duc

[hahy-doo k]
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noun
  1. one of a class of mercenary soldiers in 16th-century Hungary.
  2. an outlaw who engaged in brigandage and irregular warfare against the Turks in the Slavic regions of the Ottoman Empire.
  3. a male servant or attendant dressed in semimilitary Hungarian costume.
Also Hei·duc, Hei·duk.

Origin of Haiduk

< Hungarian hajdúk, plural of hajdú
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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 young Lord, the haiduk, the master of the hounds, and the fool were entertaining themselves playing ball.


British Dictionary definitions for haiduk

Haiduk

Heyduck or Heiduc

noun
  1. a rural brigand in the European part of the Ottoman Empire

Word Origin

C17: from Hungarian hajdúk brigands
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