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’
    • ‘Britain began transforming certain of its own light dragoon regiments into hussars in 1807.’
    • ‘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.’
    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/