- History/Historical. a member of a local militia in Croatia, formed as a regiment in the Austrian army in the 18th century and noted for its ruthlessness and cruelty.
- a brutal, marauding soldier.
Origin of pandour
1740–50; < French pandour(e) ≪ Serbo-Croatian pàndūr community or city policeman, pandour, probably < Hungarian pandúr < Slavic *pǫdarĭ (> Serbo-Croatian pùdār one who guards a vineyard), derivative of *pǫditi to drive off, frighten; the Serbo-Croatian variant bàndūr (17th century) may result from crossing with Medieval Latin banderia or Italian bandiera troop, literally, banner
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Examples from the Web for pandour
So on we went with the horse—I was in his Pandour regiment, worse luck!Micah Clarke
Arthur Conan Doyle
The Dolphin and Pandour had previously anchored on the north shore.Our Sailors
Here, Tommy, will you have your Pandour with whiskers or without?The History of Henry Esmond, Esq.
W. M. Thackeray
He is the only heir of the pandour chieftain, Franz von Trenck.Frederick The Great and His Family
I am the Pandour of Pandours—your correspondent, and now your cabinet counsellor.Tales from Blackwood
- one of an 18th-century force of Croatian soldiers in the Austrian service, notorious for their brutality
C18: via French from Hungarian pandur, from Croat: guard, probably from Medieval Latin banderius summoner, from bannum ban 1
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