Definition of sepoy in English:

sepoy

Syllabification: se·poy
Pronunciation: /ˈsēˌpoi
 
/

noun

historical
1An Indian soldier serving under British or other European orders.
More example sentences
  • The only need was for military labour, but even here local soldiers, especially Indian sepoys, were cheap and abundant.
  • His force was made up of two British regular infantry regiments, the 74th and 78th of Foot, Company sepoys and infantry from Hyderabad.
  • Huge armies were created, largely composed of Indian sepoys but with some regular British regiments.
1.1(In South Asia) a police constable.

Origin

from Urdu and Persian sipāhī 'soldier', from sipāh 'army'.

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