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janissary

[jan-uh-ser-ee] /ˈdʒæn əˌsɛr i/
noun, plural janissaries.
1.
(often initial capital letter) a member of an elite military unit of the Turkish army organized in the 14th century and abolished in 1826 after it revolted against the Sultan.
2.
(often initial capital letter) any soldier in the Turkish army.
3.
a member of any group of loyal guards, soldiers, or supporters.
Also, janizary
[jan-uh-zer-ee] /ˈdʒæn əˌzɛr i/ (Show IPA)
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Origin
1520-1530
1520-30; < French janissaire < Italian gian(n)izzero < Turkish yeniçeri, equivalent to yeni new + çeri soldiery, militia
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janissary

/ˈdʒænɪsərɪ/
noun (pl) -saries, -zaries
1.
an infantryman in the Turkish army, originally a member of the sovereign's personal guard, from the 14th to the early 19th century
Word Origin
C16: from French janissaire, from Italian giannizzero, from Turkish yeniçeri, from yeni new + çeri soldiery
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