hussar

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noun hus·sar \(ˌ)hə-ˈzär, -ˈsär\

Definition of hussar

  1. :  a member of any of various European military units originally modeled on the Hungarian light cavalry of the 15th century

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A hussar is a member of a European light-cavalry unit used for scouting; the hussars were modeled on the 15th-century Hungarian light-horse corps. The brilliantly colored Hungarian hussar’s uniform was imitated in other European armies; it consisted of a busby (high, cylindrical cloth cap), a jacket with heavy braiding, and a dolman (loose coat worn hanging from the left shoulder).

Origin and Etymology of hussar

Hungarian huszár hussar, (obsolete) highway robber, from Serbian & Croatian husar pirate, from Medieval Latin cursarius — more at corsair


First Known Use: 1688


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