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syce

or saice, sice

[sahys]
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noun
  1. (in India) a groom; stable attendant.
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Origin of syce

1645–55; < Urdu sā'is < Arabic
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Examples from the Web for syce

Historical Examples

  • Of course Baboo went, much to the disgust of Aboo Din, the syce.

    Tales of the Malayan Coast

    Rounsevelle Wildman

  • Out came the syce's matches, as he clung to the pony's bridle.

    Across the Equator

    Thomas H. Reid

  • We had made a wrong turning and the syce all but slipped over a precipice.

    Across the Equator

    Thomas H. Reid

  • He alighted, and directed his syce to follow while he walked along the road.

  • A syce, or groom, was told off to look after each three horses.

    At the Court of the Amr

    John Alfred Gray


British Dictionary definitions for syce

syce

sice or saice

noun
  1. (formerly, in India) a servant employed to look after horses, drive carriages, etc
  2. (in Malaysia) a driver or chauffeur
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Word Origin

C17: from Urdu sā'is, from Arabic, from sāsa to administer
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