chiaus

[ chous, choush ]
/ tʃaʊs, tʃaʊʃ /
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noun, plural chiaus·es.

(in the Ottoman Empire) a court official who served as an ambassador, emissary, or member of a ceremonial escort.
a Turkish military rank approximating that of sergeant.

Origin of chiaus

1590–1600; < Turkish çavuş < Persian chāwush
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Examples from the Web for chiaus

  • A Chiaus was at once dispatched to the Sultan, and there was held a Council.