Definitions for janissaryˈdʒæn əˌsɛr i; -ˌzɛr i

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

jan•is•sar•yˈdʒæn əˌsɛr i; -ˌzɛr i(n.)(pl.)-sar•ies also -zar•ies.

also jan•i•zar•y

  1. (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

  2. 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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. janissary(noun)

    a loyal supporter

    "every politician has a following of janissaries"

  2. Janissary(noun)

    a Turkish soldier

Wiktionary

  1. janissary(Noun)

    An elite, highly loyal supporter.

  2. janissary(Noun)

    A soldier in a former elite Turkish guard.

  3. Origin: From janissaire, from gianizzero, from yeniçeri, from yeni + çeri.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Janissary(noun)

    see Janizary

Freebase

  1. Janissary

    The Janissaries were infantry units that formed the Ottoman Sultan's household troops and bodyguards. The force was created by the Sultan Murad I in 1383 and was abolished by Sultan Mahmud II in 1826 in the Auspicious Incident.

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