/ˈdʒænəsəri/ (say 'januhsuhree)

noun (plural janissaries)
1. an infantryman in the Turkish sovereign's personal standing army from the 14th century until 1826.
2. (formerly) any Turkish soldier.
Also, janizary /ˈdʒænəzəri/ (say 'januhzuhree). {French janissaire, from Ottoman Turkish yeni new + çeri troops}

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

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  • janissary — n. (History) soldier in the Turkish army; faithful partisan, loyal supporter …   English contemporary dictionary

  • janissary —    (JAN ih seh ree) [French, from Turkish yeniçeri: new soldiery] A member of the elite Turkish troops organized in the 14th century and later suppressed. One of a group of loyal supporters, guards, or close aides …   Dictionary of foreign words and phrases

  • janissary — [ dʒanɪs(ə)ri] (also janizary z(ə)ri) noun (plural janissaries) historical a Turkish infantryman in the Sultan s guard. Origin C16: from Fr. janissaire, based on Turk. yeniçeri, from yeni new + çeri troops …   English new terms dictionary

  • Janissary — ♦ Derived from Yeni çeri, literally, the new corps ; a member of a very effective Turkish infantry corps, armed with fire arms. Its members were originally drawn from the devsirme (the child) levy. (Fine, John V.A. Jr. The Late Medieval Balkans,… …   Medieval glossary

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