[ hoo-zahr ]
/ hʊˈzɑr /


(originally) one of a body of Hungarian light cavalry formed during the 15th century.
a member of a class of similar troops, usually with striking or flamboyant uniforms, in European armies.

Origin of hussar

1525–35; < Hungarian huszár < Serbo-Croatian hȕsār brigand, pirate < Medieval Latin cursārius corsair Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for hussar


/ (hʊˈzɑː) /


  1. a member of any of various light cavalry regiments in European armies, renowned for their elegant dress
  2. (pl; cap when part of a name)the Queen's own Hussars
a Hungarian horseman of the 15th century

Word Origin for hussar

C15: from Hungarian huszár hussar, formerly freebooter, from Old Serbian husar, from Old Italian corsaro corsair
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Word Origin and History for hussar



1530s, from German Husar, from Hungarian huszár "light horseman," originally "freebooter," from Old Serbian husar, variant of kursar "pirate," from Italian corsaro (see corsair). Bodies of light horsemen organized in Hungary late 15c., widely imitated elsewhere in Europe.

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