hus·​sar | \ (ˌ)hə-ˈzär How to pronounce hussar (audio) , -ˈsär How to pronounce hussar (audio) \

Definition of hussar

: 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).

Examples of hussar in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The jacket had a hussar’s collar and bracelet-length sleeves—the latter a signature of Jackie Kennedy, as many commentators observed. Judith Thurman, The New Yorker, 20 Jan. 2017

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First Known Use of hussar

1688, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hussar

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

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“Hussar.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Sep. 2021.

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