from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A volunteer and irregular auxiliary, serving in connection with the Turkish army for maintenance, but without pay or uniform.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A soldier belonging to the irregular troops of the Turkish army.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun An irregular soldier of the Ottoman army.


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From Turkish başıbozuk.



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  • "They then described to him the taking of a Christian city by Turkish troops, particularly by the irregulars, the utterly undisciplined bashi-bazouks employed by Ismail..."

    --Patrick O'Brian, The Ionian Mission, 340

    February 14, 2008