Hus*sar" (?), n. [Hung. huszxa0;r, from husz twenty, because under King Matthais I., in the fifteenth century, every twenty houses were to furnish one horse soldier; cf. G. husar, F. houssard, hussard, from the same source.] Mil.
Originally, one of the national cavalry of Hungary and Croatia; now, one of the light cavalry of European armies.
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