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chiaus

[chous, choush]
noun, plural chiaus·es.
  1. (in the Ottoman Empire) a court official who served as an ambassador, emissary, or member of a ceremonial escort.
  2. a Turkish military rank approximating that of sergeant.
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Origin of chiaus

1590–1600; < Turkish çavuş < Persian chāwush
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Historical Examples

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

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