Definitions for janissaryˈdʒæn əˌsɛr i; -ˌzɛr i
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
jan•is•sar•yˈdʒæn əˌsɛr i; -ˌzɛr i(n.)(pl.)-sar•ies also -zar•ies.
(often cap.) a member of an elite military unit of the Turkish army organized in the 14th century and abolished in 1826.
Category: Western History, Military
a member of any group of loyal guards, soldiers, or supporters.
Origin of janissary:
1520–30; < F janissaire < It gian(n)izzero < Turkish yeniçeri=yeni new +çeri soldiery, militia
a loyal supporter
"every politician has a following of janissaries"
a Turkish soldier
An elite, highly loyal supporter.
A soldier in a former elite Turkish guard.
Origin: From janissaire, from gianizzero, from yeniçeri, from yeni + çeri.