Redif

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Redif A reserve force in the Turkish army, or a soldier of the reserve. See Army organization, above.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n redif In the Turkish army, the second line, corresponding to the German Landwehr. The soldier remains in it for nine years. It follows the first line, or active army (the nizaw), service in which is for nine years, and is followed by the mustafiz, service in which is for two years.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Turk. redīf, fr. radīf, orig., he who rides behind another on the same beast, fr. radaf, to follow

Usage

In literature:

All witnesses agree that the War Minister, Redif Pasha, was incapable and corrupt.
"The Development of the European Nations, 1870-1914 (5th ed.)" by John Holland Rose
The enemy has now few more Nizam troops at his disposal and not many Redif or second class troops.
"Gallipoli Diary, Volume I" by Ian Hamilton
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