noun \zü-ˈäv\

Definition of ZOUAVE

:  a member of a French infantry unit originally composed of Algerians wearing a brilliant uniform and conducting a quick spirited drill
:  a member of a military unit adopting the dress and drill of the Zouaves

Origin of ZOUAVE

French, from Arabic dialect (Algeria) Zwāwa, Berber tribal confederation of Kabylia
First Known Use: 1844

Rhymes with ZOUAVE


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