noun, plural gha·zis.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for ghazi

Contemporary Examples of ghazi

  • According to Hamas official Ghazi Hamad, Palestinians applying to leave Gaza these days are being told to come back in September.

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    Stuck at the Gaza Border

    Dan Ephron

    June 27, 2011

  • Ghazi Ramadan, 40, woke up in Tripoli Sunday morning feeling anxious and looking for news about the protests.

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    Libyan Protesters Rise Up in Capital

    Mike Giglio

    February 20, 2011

Historical Examples of ghazi

British Dictionary definitions for ghazi


noun plural -zis

a Muslim fighter against infidels
(often capital) a Turkish warrior of high rank

Word Origin for ghazi

C18: from Arabic, from ghazā he made war
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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