janissary

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noun jan·is·sary \ˈja-nə-ˌser-ē, -ˌzer-\

Definition of janissary

plural

janissaries

also

janizaries

  1. 1 often capitalized :  a soldier of an elite corps of Turkish troops organized in the 14th century and abolished in 1826

  2. 2 :  a member of a group of loyal or subservient troops, officials, or supporters

Variants of janissary

or less commonly

janizary

Origin and Etymology of janissary

Italian gianizzero, from Turkishyeniçeri, from yeni new + çeri soldier


First Known Use: 1529


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