History/Historical. a member of a local militia in Croatia, formed as a regiment in the Austrian army in the 18th century and noted for its ruthlessness and cruelty.
a brutal, marauding soldier.
< French pandour
) ≪ Serbo-Croatian pàndūr
community or city policeman, pandour, probably < Hungarian pandúr
< Slavic *pǫdarĭ
(> Serbo-Croatian pùdār
one who guards a vineyard), derivative of *pǫditi
to drive off, frighten; the Serbo-Croatian
(17th century) may result from crossing with Medieval Latin banderia
or Italian bandiera
troop, literally, banner