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[hoo-zahr] /hʊˈzɑr/

(originally) one of a body of Hungarian light cavalry formed during the 15th century.
a member of a class of similar troops, usually with striking or flamboyant uniforms, in European armies.

a Hungarian horseman of the 15th century

1530s, from German Husar, from Hungarian huszár “light horseman,” originally “freebooter,” from Old Serbian husar, variant of kursar “pirate,” from Italian corsaro (see corsair). Bodies of light horsemen organized in Hungary late 15c., widely imitated elsewhere in Europe.


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