One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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’
cavalryman, mounted soldier, horse soldier, cavalier, knight, chevalierView synonyms
- ‘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.’
- 1.1 (in the 15th century) a Hungarian light horseman.
From Hungarian huszár, from Old Serbian husar, from Italian corsaro (see corsair).
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