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or Heyduck, Heyduke, Heyduc, Heiduc, Heiduk

[hahy-doo k] /ˈhaɪ dʊk/
one of a class of mercenary soldiers in 16th-century Hungary.
an outlaw who engaged in brigandage and irregular warfare against the Turks in the Slavic regions of the Ottoman Empire.
a male servant or attendant dressed in semimilitary Hungarian costume.
Origin of Haiduk
< Hungarian hajdúk, plural of hajdú Unabridged
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  • The young Lord, the Haiduk, the master of the hounds, and the fool were entertaining themselves playing ball.

  • He will have Skinner before him, a Haiduk in the rear, and me at the table; we'll show you sport, my boy!

    The Village Notary Jzsef Etvs
  • Nothing; for the Haiduk, whose duty it was to sleep on the threshold, had been taken away to join the watch on Viola.

    The Village Notary Jzsef Etvs
British Dictionary definitions for Haiduk


a rural brigand in the European part of the Ottoman Empire
Word Origin
C17: from Hungarian hajdúk brigands
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