Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A member of a group of elite, highly loyal supporters.
  • noun A soldier in an elite Turkish guard organized in the 1300s and abolished in 1826.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Obsolete forms of janizary.

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

  • noun See janizary.

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

  • noun An elite, highly loyal supporter.
  • noun A soldier in a former elite Turkish guard.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a loyal supporter
  • noun a Turkish soldier

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[French janissaire, from Old French jehanicere, from Old Italian giannizero, from Ottoman Turkish yanī cheri, new army : yanī, new + cheri, special troops (from Middle Persian chērīh, bravery, victory, from chēr, brave, victorious).]

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From French janissaire, from Italian gianizzero, from Turkish yeniçeri, from yeni ("new") + çeri ("army").

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  • Alternate spelling: janizary. Usage and some interesting stuff on the page for devshurmeh. Signed, Too Lazy to Copy/Paste.

    February 19, 2008

  • Why stop with janissaries? You could have gangs of supporters for every month of the year. Junissaries. Julissaries. You get the picture.

    April 22, 2008

  • And then once all twelve gangs have come and gone, you could have an Anniverssary!

    April 22, 2008