Zouave

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noun Zou·ave \zü-ˈäv\

Definition of Zouave

  1. 1 :  a member of a French infantry unit originally composed of Algerians wearing a brilliant uniform and conducting a quick spirited drill

  2. 2 :  a member of a military unit adopting the dress and drill of the Zouaves

Origin and Etymology of zouave

French, from Arabic dialect (Algeria) Zwāwa, Berber tribal confederation of Kabylia


First Known Use: 1844

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