Definition of hussar in English:

hussar

noun

historical
  • 1A soldier in a light cavalry regiment which had adopted a dress uniform modelled on that of the Hungarian hussars (now only in titles)

    ‘the Queen's Royal Irish Hussars’
    • ‘From their fast, lightly equipped mounted warriors, evolved the hussars of the 18th and 19th centuries, who in turn became the template for light cavalry the world over.’
    • ‘Britain began transforming certain of its own light dragoon regiments into hussars in 1807.’
    cavalryman, mounted soldier, horse soldier, cavalier, knight, chevalier
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    1. 1.1 (in the 15th century) a Hungarian light horseman.

Origin

From Hungarian huszár, from Old Serbian husar, from Italian corsaro (see corsair).

Pronunciation

hussar

/hʊˈzɑː/