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janissary

[ jan-uh-ser-ee ]
/ 藞d蕭忙n 蓹藢s蓻r i /
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noun, plural jan路is路sar路ies.
(often initial capital letter) a member of an elite military unit of the Turkish army organized in the 14th century and abolished in 1826 after it revolted against the Sultan.
(often initial capital letter) any soldier in the Turkish army.
a member of any group of loyal guards, soldiers, or supporters.
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Also jan路i路zar路y [jan-uh-zer-ee]. /藞d蕭忙n 蓹藢z蓻r i/.

Origin of janissary

1520鈥30; <French janissaire<Italian gian(n)izzero<Turkish yeni莽eri, equivalent to yeni new + 莽eri soldiery, militia
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British Dictionary definitions for janissary

janissary

janizary (藞d蕭忙n瑟z蓹r瑟)

/ (藞d蕭忙n瑟s蓹r瑟) /

noun plural -saries or -zaries
an infantryman in the Turkish army, originally a member of the sovereign's personal guard, from the 14th to the early 19th century

Word Origin for janissary

C16: from French janissaire, from Italian giannizzero, from Turkish yeni莽eri, from yeni new + 莽eri soldiery
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