Meaning of Zouave


Pronunciation: (z-äv', zwäv), [key]
— n.
  1. (sometimes l.c.) one of a former body of infantry in the French army, composed originally of Algerians, distinguished for their dash, hardiness, and picturesque Oriental uniform.
  2. a member of any body of soldiers adopting a similar dress and drill, esp. a soldier serving in any of certain volunteer regiments in the American Civil War.
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