ոստիկան

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Etymology[edit]

Learned borrowing from Old Armenian ոստիկան (ostikan)

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Noun[edit]

ոստիկան (ostikan)

  1. police officer, policeman
  2. (historical) ostikan

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Old Armenian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from Middle Iranian; compare Middle Persian ʾwstykʾn' (ōstīgān, firm, strong, sure, reliable) and see there for more.[1] Ačaṙean explains the sense development as ‘reliable, faithful’ → ‘ruler's confidant’ → ‘ruler's officer’ and points to Old Armenian հաւատարիմ (hawatarim, reliable, faithful) which is often applied to the king's officers.

Noun[edit]

ոստիկան (ostikan)

  1. inspector, officer
  2. ostikan

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Ačaṙean, Hračʿeay (1977), “ոստիկան”, in Hayerēn armatakan baṙaran [Dictionary of Armenian Root Words] (in Armenian), volume III, 2nd edition, Yerevan: University Press, pages 570–571

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