sepoy

noun
se·​poy | \ ˈsē-ˌpȯi How to pronounce sepoy (audio) \

Definition of sepoy

: a native of India employed as a soldier by a European power

First Known Use of sepoy

circa 1718, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sepoy

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

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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 22 Jan. 2021.

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