Zouave [F., fr. Ar. Zouaoua a tribe of Kabyles living among the Jurjura mountains in Algeria.] Mil. (a)
One of an active and hardy body of soldiers in the French service, originally Arabs, but now composed of Frenchmen who wear the Arab dress.
Hence, one of a body of soldiers who adopt the dress and drill of the Zouaves, as was done by a number of volunteer regiments in the army of the United States in the Civil War, 1861-65.
© Webster 1913.