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lascar

[ las-ker ]
/ ˈlæs kər /
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noun
an East Indian sailor.
Indian English. an artilleryman.
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Origin of lascar

First recorded in 1620–30; from Portuguese, short for lasquarin “soldier,” from Urdu lashkarī, from Persian, equivalent to lashkar “army” + a suffix indicating relationship or origin; lasquarin shows spontaneous nasalization that occurs in Portuguese, as also in sim “yes,” from Latin sīc (Spanish sí, Italian sì, French si )
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British Dictionary definitions for lascar

lascar
/ (ˈlæskə) /

noun
a sailor from the East Indies

Word Origin for lascar

C17: from Urdu lashkar soldier, from Persian: the army
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