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ˈsi pɔɪse·poy

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  1. sepoynoun

    A native soldier of the East Indies, employed in the service of a European colonial power, notably the British India army (first under the British chartered East India Company, later in the crown colony), but also France and Portugal.


  1. Sepoy

    Sepoy () was the Persian-derived designation originally given to a professional Indian infantryman, traditionally armed with a musket, in the armies of the Mughal Empire. In the 18th century, the French East India Company and its other European counterparts employed locally recruited soldiers within India, mainly consisting of infantry designated as "sepoys". The largest sepoy force, trained along European lines, served the British East India CompanyThe term "sepoy" continues in use in the modern Indian, Pakistan and Nepalese armies, where it denotes the rank of private.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sepoynoun

    a native of India employed as a soldier in the service of a European power, esp. of Great Britain; an Oriental soldier disciplined in the European manner

  2. Etymology: [Per. siph, fr. siph an army. Cf. Spahi.]


  1. Sepoy

    A sepoy was formerly the designation given to an Indian soldier in the service of a European power. In the modern Indian Army, Pakistan Army and Bangladesh Army it remains in use for the rank of private soldier.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Sepoy

    sē′poi, n. a native soldier, whether Hindu or Mohammedan, in the British army in India. [Hind. sipāhī, a soldier—Pers. sipāhī, a horseman.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Sepoy

    the name given to a native of India employed as a soldier in the British service in India.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. sepoy

    Corrupted from the Indian word sipahi, “a soldier.” This word sipahi, in its more familiar form of spahis, is known in most Eastern armies; and is itself derived from sip, “a bow and arrow,” the ordinary armament of an Indian soldier in ancient times. The word Sepoy now denotes a native Hindoo soldier in the British army in India. The Sepoys consist of Mohammedans, Rajpoots, Brahmans, and men of other castes, besides Sikhs, Ghoorkas, and men of various hill-tribes. They are generally officered by Europeans.

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  1. poesy

  2. posey

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of sepoy in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of sepoy in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

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