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sepoy

[see-poi] /ˈsi pɔɪ/
noun
1.
(formerly, in India) a native soldier, usually an infantryman, in the service of Europeans, especially of the British.
Origin
1675-1685
1675-85, in sense “horseman”; 1710-20 for current sense; variant of sipahi < Urdu < Persian sipāhī horseman, soldier, derivative of sipāh army; cf. spahi
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sepoy

/ˈsiːpɔɪ/
noun
1.
(formerly) an Indian soldier in the service of the British
Word Origin
C18: from Portuguese sipaio, from Urdu sipāhī, from Persian: horseman, from sipāh army
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sepoy

n.

"native of India in British military service," 1717, from Portuguese sipae, from Urdu sipahi, from Persian sipahi "soldier, horseman," from sipah "army." The Sepoy Mutiny was 1857-8.

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