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janissary

noun jan·is·sary \ˈja-nə-ˌser-ē, -ˌzer-\

Definition of janissary

plural jan·is·sar·ies also jan·i·zar·ies

  1. 1 often capitalized :  a soldier of an elite corps of Turkish troops organized in the 14th century and abolished in 1826

  2. 2 :  a member of a group of loyal or subservient troops, officials, or supporters



Variants of janissary

also jan·i·zary play \ˈja-nə-ˌser-ē, -ˌzer-\

Origin of janissary

Italian gianizzero, from Turkish yeniçeri, from yeni new + çeri soldier


First Known Use: 1529

Rhymes with janissary

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