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An infantryman of a special corps of the Greek army.

[Modern Greek évzonos, from Greek euzōnos, well-girded, dressed for exercise : eu-, well; see eu- + zōnē, girdle.]
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(Military) a soldier in an elite Greek infantry regiment
[C19: from Modern Greek, from Greek euzōnos literally: well-girt, from eu- + zōne girdle]
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(ˈɛv zoʊn)

a member of an elite infantry corps in the Greek army.
[1895–1900; < Modern Greek eúzōnos, Greek: well girt. See eu-, zone]
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Standing completely still and silent, Evzones, the elite Presidential soldiers, guard the Tomb of the Unknown soldier around the clock.
The Evzones are a military ceremonial unit, selected for their height, and they process down Vasilissis Sofias Avenue each hour, changing posts with the soldiers in the square, performing an intricate dance as they go.
Then we head off to Syntagma Square for Parliament and the Changing of the Guard - the elite Evzones soldiers marching with eye-catching high arms and steps.
When it comes to Presidential Guard units, the reference-point for most Greek Cypriot politicians is the Evzones, who guard the Greek Parliament, Presidential Mansion and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Athens.
After that, it was on to the Corinth Canal and Athens, where he saw the world-renowned evzones, as well as a die-hard Python fan.
Another traditional sight which you should not miss are the Evzones - who form an elite ceremonial guard in front of the Presidential palace watching over the Tomb of the unknown soldier.
They were with him in a studio near Syntagma Square, near the Greek Parliament with the tomb of the unknown soldier guarded by evzones, elite soldiers dressed in the 18th-century style of the palikaria, who wore the fustanella (short skirt), tights, and shoes with pom-poms.
The Parliament is guarded by colorfully dressed soldiers called Evzones. The periodic changing of the Parliament guard is an attraction in its own right.
The elite battalions of the collaborationist government troops were the Evzones (Greek army elite troops), mainly concentrated in the large cities of the Peloponnese.