- (often initial capital letter) a member of an elite military unit of the Turkish army organized in the 14th century and abolished in 1826 after it revolted against the Sultan.
- (often initial capital letter) any soldier in the Turkish army.
- a member of any group of loyal guards, soldiers, or supporters.
Origin of janissary
Examples from the Web for janizary
The teachers in the Janizary schools were far from ordinary men.The Captain of the Janizaries
James M. Ludlow
The janizary then wrote down her request, and told her to go.The Women of the Arabs
Henry Harris Jessup
A janizary standing here split his visage to grin, but it was surprising how quickly the Sultana had his head off.Cobwebs From an Empty Skull
Ambrose Bierce (AKA: Dod Grile)
Hasan, the Janizary, of gigantic stature and strength, ascended the outward fortification.The World's Greatest Books, Vol XI.
Edited by Arthur Mee and J.A. Hammerton
I think our guide is a Janizary—he has the look—but I have decided not to mention the matter.The Ship Dwellers
Albert Bigelow Paine
- an infantryman in the Turkish army, originally a member of the sovereign's personal guard, from the 14th to the early 19th century
Word Origin and History for janizary
"elite Turkish infantry," 1520s, from French janissaire (15c.), from Italian giannizzero, from Turkish yenicheri, literally "new troops," from yeni "new" + cheri "soldiery." Formed 1362 from slaves and prisoners of war, ranks filled over the years from tributary children of Christians, abolished 1826.