noun \(ˌ)hə-ˈzär, -ˈsär\

Definition of HUSSAR

:  a member of any of various European military units originally modeled on the Hungarian light cavalry of the 15th century

Origin of HUSSAR

Hungarian huszár hussar, (obsolete) highway robber, from Serbian & Croatian husar pirate, from Medieval Latin cursarius — more at corsair
First Known Use: 1532


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Member of a European light-cavalry unit used for scouting, modeled on the 15th-century Hungarian light-horse corps. The brilliantly coloured Hungarian hussar's uniform was imitated in other European armies; it consisted of a busby (high cylindrical cloth cap), a jacket with heavy braiding, and a dolman (loose coat worn hanging from the left shoulder). Several hussar regiments of the British army were converted from light dragoons in the 19th century; they survive today as armoured units.


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