spahi

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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

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Noun[edit]

spahi (plural spahis)

  1. (history) An Ottoman (Turkish empire) cavalryman, especially as recruited under a land-based system.
    • 2001, Orhan Pamuk, My Name Is Red, tr. Erdağ M Göknar
      I hear that the great Sadiki Bey illustrated a copy of Strange Creatures, commissioned by an Uzbek spahi cavalryman, for only forty gold pieces.
  2. (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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Dutch[edit]

Noun[edit]

spahi m (plural spahi's, diminutive spahitje n)

  1. A spahi

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Turkish sipahi, from Persian سپاهی (sipāhī, horseman, soldier), from سپاه (sipāh, army).

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Noun[edit]

spahi m (plural spahis)

  1. A spahi

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