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or saice, sice

  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 syce

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

    Tales of the Malayan Coast

    Rounsevelle Wildman

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

    Across the Equator

    Thomas H. Reid

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

    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


sice or saice

  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 for syce

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