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sepoy

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noun se·poy \ˈsē-ˌpȯi\

Definition of sepoy

  1. :  a native of India employed as a soldier by a European power



Origin of sepoy

Portuguese sipai, from Hindi & Urdu sipāhī, from Persian, cavalryman


First Known Use: circa 1718


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