from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A member of a group of elite, highly loyal supporters.
- n. A soldier in an elite Turkish guard organized in the 14th century and abolished in 1826.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An elite, highly loyal supporter.
- n. A soldier in a former elite Turkish guard.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. See janizary.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Obsolete forms of janizary.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a loyal supporter
- n. a Turkish soldier
French 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).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French janissaire, from Italian gianizzero, from Turkish yeniçeri, from yeni ("new") + çeri ("army"). (Wiktionary)