A member of a French infantry unit, originally composed of Algerian recruits, characterized by colorful uniforms and precision drilling.
A member of a group patterned after the French Zouaves, especially a member of such a unit of the Union Army in the US Civil War.
A member of a former infantry unit in the French army, originally Algerians, noted for the precision of its close-order drill and characterized by a colorful uniform.
A member of any military group having a similar uniform; specif., a member of any of various volunteer regiments in the American Civil War.
Origin of zouave
- French from Berber Zwāwa the Kabyle tribe from which the unit's members were originally recruited
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition