Borrowed from French hussard, from Hungarian huszár (“cavalryman”), from Serbo-Croatian gusar (“highwayman, brigand”), from Byzantine Greek χωσάριος, χονσάριος (khōsários, khonsários) or from Italian corsaro (“corsair”), from Medieval Latin cursārius (“pirate”), from Latin cursus (“running”), from currō (“run”). Doublet of corsair.
hussar (plural hussars)
- (historical) A member of the national cavalry of Hungary or Croatia.
- A member of the light cavalry of any of several European armies.