Variant of janissary
noun pl. janissaries
- a soldier (orig. a slave) in the Turkish sultan's guard, established in the 14th cent. and abolished in 1826
- any Turkish soldier
- any very loyal or submissive follower or supporter
Origin: Fr janissaire < It giannizzero < Turk yenicheri, lit., new troops < yeñi, new + cheri, soldiery
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