One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A kilted soldier belonging to a select Greek infantry regiment.
- ‘His name was often appended to the titles of foreign corps that fought for Britain in the Napoleonic period: amongst them was the Duke of York's Greek Light Infantry which wore the kilt-like fustanella now sported by the evzones.’
Late 19th century: from modern Greek euzōnos, from Greek, ‘dressed for exercise’ (from eu- ‘fine’ + zōnē ‘belt’), because of their uniform, which includes a fustanella.
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