noun, plural spa·his.
one of a body of native Algerian cavalry in the French service.
(formerly) a cavalryman in the Turkish army.
Origin of spahi
< Middle French
< Turkish sipahi
< Persian sipāhī.
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Examples from the Web for spahi
Historical Examples of spahi
While I looked at him the Spahi suddenly gave a tug at the cord to which he was attached.
He cast a vicious look at the Spahi and went out into the darkness.
The Spahi was a magnificent man, tall, lithe, bronze-brown and muscular.
The Spahi stared at my cigar so persistently that I was obliged to offer him one.
Another traveller was coming in to his night's rest, and he was a Spahi.
British Dictionary definitions for spahi
noun plural -his or -hees
(formerly) an irregular cavalryman in the Turkish armed forces
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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