- a Muslim soldier, especially one fighting against non-Muslims.
- (initial capital letter) a title given in Turkey to a victorious sultan, general, etc.
Origin of ghazi
First recorded in 1745–55, ghazi is from the Arabic word ghāzī
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Examples from the Web for ghazi
According to Hamas official Ghazi Hamad, Palestinians applying to leave Gaza these days are being told to come back in September.Stuck at the Gaza Border
June 27, 2011
Ghazi Ramadan, 40, woke up in Tripoli Sunday morning feeling anxious and looking for news about the protests.Libyan Protesters Rise Up in Capital
February 20, 2011
Recent writers have styled the territory of the Athalik Ghazi Kashgaria.The Life of Yakoob Beg
And the pilot had given our ghazi friend a black eye—blacker than his skin.Caught by the Turks
Many an one the English have dubbed Ghazi, because he crossed the border and buried his knife in a man on church parade!King--of the Khyber Rifles
Yet, but for the mission school, Muzaffar Khan might have been the ghazi himself.Among the Wild Tribes of the Afghan Frontier
T. L. Pennell
After breakfast, therefore, at 8.30 got into a launch and landed at Ghazi Baba with young Brodrick as my only companion.Gallipoli Diary, Volume 2
- a Muslim fighter against infidels
- (often capital) a Turkish warrior of high rank
C18: from Arabic, from ghazā he made war
Word Origin and History for ghazi
Muslim warrior fighting the infidels, 1735, from Arabic ghazi, properly participle of ghaza (stem gh-z-w) "he made war."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper