Zouave

noun
Zou·​ave | \ zü-ˈäv How to pronounce Zouave (audio) \

Definition of Zouave

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

First Known Use of Zouave

1844, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for Zouave

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

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“Zouave.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Zouave. Accessed 18 Aug. 2022.

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