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1. An indigenous soldier serving in the army of a foreign conqueror, especially an Indian soldier serving under British command in India.
a. The lowest enlisted rank in the British Indian army and its successors, equivalent to private.
b. One holding this rank.
[From obsolete Portuguese sipae (modern Portuguese sepaio), from Urdu sipāhī, from Persian, cavalryman, from sipāh, army, from Middle Persian spāh, ultimately (via borrowing from another Middle Iranian language) from Old Iranian *spāda- (attested in Avestan spāda-), probably originally meaning "company, host" and akin to Old Church Slavonic spodŭ, group of people who sit together at a meal.]
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1. (Historical Terms) (formerly) an Indian soldier in the service of the British
2. (Military) (formerly) an Indian soldier in the service of the British
[C18: from Portuguese sipaio, from Urdu sipāhī, from Persian: horseman, from sipāh army]
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(in colonial India) an Indian soldier in British service.
[1710–20; variant of sipahi < Urdu < Persian sipāhī horseman, soldier]
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sepoy[ˈsiːpɔɪ] N → cipayo m
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n → Sepoy m
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