- 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 of janissaryFrench janissaire ; from Italian giannizzero ; from Turkish yenicheri, literally , new troops ; from yeñi, new + cheri, soldiery
nounpl. jan·is·sar·ies also jan·i·zar·ies
- A member of a group of elite, highly loyal supporters.
- A soldier in an elite Turkish guard organized in the 1300s and abolished in 1826.
Origin of janissaryFrench janissaire, from Old French jehanicere, from Old Italian giannizero, from Ottoman Turkish yan&imacron; cheri, new army : yan&imacron;, new + cheri, special troops (from Middle Persian ch&emacron;r&imacron;h, bravery, victory, from ch&emacron;r, brave, victorious).