spahi

or spa·hee

[spah-hee]
noun, plural spa·his.
  1. one of a body of native Algerian cavalry in the French service.
  2. (formerly) a cavalryman in the Turkish army.

Origin of spahi

1555–65; < Middle French < Turkish sipahi < Persian sipāhī. Cf. sepoy
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Historical Examples of spahi

  • Another traveller was coming in to his night's rest, and he was a Spahi.

    The Desert Drum

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  • While I looked at him the Spahi suddenly gave a tug at the cord to which he was attached.

    The Desert Drum

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  • He cast a vicious look at the Spahi and went out into the darkness.

    The Desert Drum

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  • The Spahi was a magnificent man, tall, lithe, bronze-brown and muscular.

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  • The Spahi stared at my cigar so persistently that I was obliged to offer him one.

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British Dictionary definitions for spahi

spahi

spahee

noun plural -his or -hees
  1. (formerly) an irregular cavalryman in the Turkish armed forces
  2. a member of a body of native Algerian cavalrymen in the French armed forces: disbanded after Algerian independence

Word Origin for spahi

C16: from Old French, from Turkish sipahi, from Persian sipāhī soldier; see sepoy
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