Historical a native of India serving in a European army, esp. the British army
Origin of sepoyPortuguese sipae ; from Hindi and amp; Persian sip?h? ; from sip?h, army
- An indigenous soldier serving in the army of a foreign conqueror, especially an Indian soldier serving under British command in India.
- a. The lowest enlisted rank in the British Indian army and its successors, equivalent to private.b. One holding this rank.
Origin of sepoyProbably from Portuguese sipae, from Urdu sipah&imacron;, from Persian, cavalryman, from sipah, army.