Definition of redif in US English:

redif

(also radif)

noun

historical
  • In the Ottoman Empire: a soldier belonging to the military reserve.

Origin

Mid 19th century. From Ottoman Turkish redīf (Turkish (now hist.) redif) soldier belonging to the military reserve, also the military reserve collectively, and its etymon Arabic radīf rear man, person following next in line from radafa to come next, to follow immediately after, to succeed.

Pronunciation

redif

/rɛˈdɪf/