Definition of janissary
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
First Known Use: 1529See Words from the same year
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