Haiduk

or Hey·duck, Hey·duke, Hey·duc

[ hahy-dook ]
/ ˈhaɪ dʊk /

noun

one of a class of mercenary soldiers in 16th-century Hungary.
an outlaw who engaged in brigandage and irregular warfare against the Turks in the Slavic regions of the Ottoman Empire.
a male servant or attendant dressed in semimilitary Hungarian costume.

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Origin of Haiduk

<Hungarian hajdúk, plural of hajdú
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Example sentences from the Web for Haiduk

  • Nothing; for the haiduk, whose duty it was to sleep on the threshold, had been taken away to join the watch on Viola.

  • He will have Skinner before him, a haiduk in the rear, and me at the table; we'll show you sport, my boy!

  • The young Lord, the haiduk, the master of the hounds, and the fool were entertaining themselves playing ball.

British Dictionary definitions for Haiduk

Haiduk

Heyduck or Heiduc

/ (ˈhaɪdʊk) /

noun

a rural brigand in the European part of the Ottoman Empire

Word Origin for Haiduk

C17: from Hungarian hajdúk brigands
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