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sepoy Syllabification: se·poy
Pronunciation: /ˈsēˌpoi/

Definition of sepoy in English:


1An Indian soldier serving under British or other European orders.
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.


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

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