janissary

noun jan·is·sary \ ˈja-nə-ˌser-ē , -ˌzer- \
variants: or less commonly janizary

Definition of janissary

plural janissaries also -zaries
1 often capitalized :a soldier of an elite corps of Turkish troops organized in the 14th century and abolished in 1826
2 :a member of a group of loyal or subservient troops, officials, or supporters

Origin and Etymology of janissary

Italian gianizzero, from Turkish yeniçeri, from yeni new + çeri soldier


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