sepoy

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Etymology[edit]

From Portuguese sipae, from Urdu سپاہی (sipāhī), from Persian سپاهی (sepâhi, soldier, horseman), from سپاه (sepâh, army)[1]. Akin to spahi.

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sepoy (plural sepoys)

  1. (historical) A native soldier of the East Indies, employed in the service of a European colonial power, notably the British India army (first under the British-chartered East India Company, later in the crown colony), but also France and Portugal.

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  1. ^ sepoy” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).

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Noun[edit]

sepoy m (plural sepoys, diminutive sepoytje n)

  1. A sepoy, native soldier in the East Indies