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Webster's 1828 Dictionary

JAN'IZARY, n. A soldier of the Turkish foot guards. The Janizaries were a body of infantry, and reputed the grand Seignor's guards. They became turbulent, and rising in arms against the Sultan, were attacked, defeated and destroyed in Constantinople, in June 1826.

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noun see janissary

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. (also janissary) (pl. -ies) 1 hist. a member of the Turkish infantry forming the Sultan's guard in the 14th-19th c. 2 a devoted follower or supporter. Etymology: ult. f. Turk. yeniçeri f. yeni new + çeri troops

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Janizary Jan"i*za*ry, n.; pl. Janizaries. [F. janissaire, fr. Turk. ye?i-tsheri new soldiers or troops.] A soldier of a privileged military class, which formed the nucleus of the Turkish infantry, but was suppressed in 1826. [written also janissary.]



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