noun, plural jan·is·sar·ies.
Origin of janissary
Examples from the Web for janizary
So saying, he pushed aside the table, and the janizary stooping down, undrew a bolt and opened a trap-door.
I care not for the Janizary, though you were the Aga himself, instead of a mutilated slave.The Captain of the Janizaries|James M. Ludlow
Hasan, the Janizary, of gigantic stature and strength, ascended the outward fortification.The World's Greatest Books, Vol XI.|Edited by Arthur Mee and J.A. Hammerton
Both the janizary and the skipper arose as the others entered the room.
It was the Turk—a fellow who had been a janizary, and had the reputation of not knowing what fear was.The Blue Pavilions|Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
British Dictionary definitions for janizary
noun plural -saries or -zaries
Word Origin for janissary
Word Origin and History for janizary
"elite Turkish infantry," 1520s, from French janissaire (15c.), from Italian giannizzero, from Turkish yenicheri, literally "new troops," from yeni "new" + cheri "soldiery." Formed 1362 from slaves and prisoners of war, ranks filled over the years from tributary children of Christians, abolished 1826.