Historical a native of India serving in a European army, esp. the British army
Origin of sepoyPortuguese sipae from Hindi and 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 sipāhī from Persian cavalryman from sipāh army