pan·​dour | \ ˈpanˌdu̇(ə)r \
plural -s

Definition of pandour

1 : a member of a Croatian regiment in the Austrian army of the 18th century originally organized as a local militia and having a reputation for cruelty and plundering
2 : an armed servant or retainer of the nobility or member of a mounted constabulary in and near Croatia

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History and Etymology for pandour

French pandour, pandoure, from Hungarian pandur, from Croatian, guard, constable, probably from Medieval Latin banderius, bannerius guardian of fields, summoner, from bannum proclamation, summons, ban, probably of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German ban command, prohibition, jurisdiction

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“Pandour.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 20 January 2020.

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