- (formerly, in India) a native soldier, usually an infantryman, in the service of Europeans, especially of the British.
Origin of sepoy
Examples from the Web for sepoy
Historical Examples of sepoy
"Perhaps he saved his master's life in the Sepoy rebellion," she thought.Sara Crewe
Frances Hodgson Burnett
In May, sixty-one artillerymen and four Sepoy regiments were there.A History of the Nineteenth Century, Year by Year
To the walls, however, the Sepoy directed his closest scrutiny.
“I will pay you the tribute of assuring you that it is not,” replied the Sepoy.
“Very well; I will not return until the time appointed,” said the Sepoy.
- (formerly) an Indian soldier in the service of the British
Word Origin for sepoy
"native of India in British military service," 1717, from Portuguese sipae, from Urdu sipahi, from Persian sipahi "soldier, horseman," from sipah "army." The Sepoy Mutiny was 1857-8.