Definition of Zouave in English:


Line breaks: Zou¦ave
Pronunciation: /zuːˈɑːv
, zwɑːv


  • 1A member of a light-infantry corps in the French army, originally of Algerians and long retaining their oriental uniform.
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    • In an attempt to avoid further bloodshed Pius asked his own army, the Zouaves, to lay down their arms, fled the Quirinal (papal palace) and shut himself up in the Vatican.
    • Her father, Jules-Joseph, a retired army captain of the Zouaves who had lost a leg in the Italian wars, was a tax-collector with local political aspirations.
    • Assigned to the 12th Regiment of Zouaves, Folcher had spent much of the Phoney War on exercises, moving around frequently and eventually being assigned in March to a sector of the line behind the Ardennes.
  • 2 (zouaves) Women’s trousers with wide tops, tapering to a narrow ankle.


mid 19th century: from French, from Kabyle Zouaoua, the name of a tribe.

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