Definition of spahi in English:

spahi

noun

historical
  • 1A member of the Turkish irregular cavalry.

    • ‘By his coming, the life of the spahi is saved; but his fear of his old comrades is such that he refuses to accept aid until they have themselves departed another way.’
  • 2A member of the Algerian cavalry in French service.

Origin

Mid 16th century: from Turkish sipahi, from Persian sipāhī (see sepoy).

Pronunciation:

spahi

/ˈspɑːhiː/