sepoy

noun

se·​poy ˈsē-ˌpȯi How to pronounce sepoy (audio)
: a native of India employed as a soldier by a European power

Examples of sepoy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web More recently, Tytler and his young wife, Harriet Tytler—she eight months pregnant, with two small children at her side—had narrowly escaped Delhi in 1857, when the sepoys, or Indian infantrymen, mutinied. Adam Goodheart, Smithsonian Magazine, 25 Sep. 2023

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Word History

Etymology

Portuguese sipai, from Hindi & Urdu sipāhī, from Persian, cavalryman

First Known Use

circa 1718, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sepoy was circa 1718

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“Sepoy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sepoy. Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

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sepoy

noun
se·​poy ˈsē-ˌpȯi How to pronounce sepoy (audio)
: a native of India employed as a soldier in the service of a European power

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