Spahi meaning

spähē
A member of a corps of Turkish professional cavalry.
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A member of a corps of native Algerian cavalry in the French armed forces.
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(history) An Ottoman (Turkish empire) cavalryman, especially as recruited under a land-based system.
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(history) A soldier in a mainly Arab-recruited cavalry (originally horse, later light armored) regiment in French colonial service in (former/ in name still) Ottoman North African provinces.
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Origin of spahi

  • From French spahi, from Turkish sipahi, from Persian سپاهی (sepâhi, “horseman, soldier") (> English sepoy), from سپاه (sepâh, “army").
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