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Janissaries


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A member of the Turkish infantry forming the Sultan's guard between the 14th and 19th centuries. The word is recorded from the early 16th century, and comes from French ianissaire, based on Turkish yeniçeri, from yeni ‘new’ + çeri ‘troops’.

Subjects: History — Islam.


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