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[hoo-zahr] /hʊˈzɑr/
(originally) one of a body of Hungarian light cavalry formed during the 15th century.
a member of a class of similar troops, usually with striking or flamboyant uniforms, in European armies.
Origin of hussar
1525-35; < Hungarian huszár < Serbo-Croatian hȕsār brigand, pirate < Medieval Latin cursārius corsair Unabridged
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  • hussar prepared projections of school enrollment and finance statistics.
  • The regiment will wear the uniform of, and in all respects be, a hussar regiment-the only one in the service.
British Dictionary definitions for hussar


  1. a member of any of various light cavalry regiments in European armies, renowned for their elegant dress
  2. (pl; cap when part of a name): the Queen's own Hussars
a Hungarian horseman of the 15th century
Word Origin
C15: from Hungarian huszár hussar, formerly freebooter, from Old Serbian husar, from Old Italian corsarocorsair
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Word Origin and History for hussar

1530s, from German Husar, from Hungarian huszár "light horseman," originally "freebooter," from Old Serbian husar, variant of kursar "pirate," from Italian corsaro (see corsair). Bodies of light horsemen organized in Hungary late 15c., widely imitated elsewhere in Europe.

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