hussar

UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/hʊˈzɑː/US:USA pronunciation: respellingUSA pronunciation: respelling(hŏŏ zär)


WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
hus•sar  (hŏŏ zär),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. (originally) one of a body of Hungarian light cavalry formed during the 15th century.
  2. a member of a class of similar troops, usually with striking or flamboyant uniforms, in European armies.
  • Medieval Latin cursārius corsair
  • Serbo-Croatian hȕsār brigand, pirate
  • Hungarian huszár
  • 1525–35

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
hussar /hʊˈzɑː/ n
  1. a member of any of various light cavalry regiments in European armies, renowned for their elegant dress
  2. a Hungarian horseman of the 15th century
Etymology: 15th Century: from Hungarian huszár hussar, formerly freebooter, from Old Serbian husar, from Old Italian corsaro corsair
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