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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also jan·i·zar·ynoun pl. 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 14th century and abolished in 1826.
Origin: French janissaire, from Old French jehanicere, from Old Italian giannizero, from Ottoman Turkish yanī cheri, new army : yanī, new + cheri, special troops (from Middle Persian chērīh, bravery, victory, from chēr, brave, victorious).