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chiaus

[chous, choush] /tʃaʊs, tʃaʊʃ/
noun, plural chiauses.
1.
(in the Ottoman Empire) a court official who served as an ambassador, emissary, or member of a ceremonial escort.
2.
a Turkish military rank approximating that of sergeant.
Origin
1590-1600
1590-1600; < Turkish çavuş < Persian chāwush
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