- 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 yanī cheri, new army : yanī, new + cheri, special troops (from Middle Persian chērīh, bravery, victory, from chēr, brave, victorious).