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Arnaut \Ar*naut"\ ||Arnaout \Ar*naout"\, n. [Turk. Arnaut, fr. NGr. ?, for ?.] An inhabitant of Albania and neighboring mountainous regions, specif. one serving as a soldier in the Turkish army.


Arnaut ( Ottoman Turkish: آرناﺌود) is a Turkish term used to denote Albanians. In modern Turkish the term is used as Arnavut (pl. Arnavutlar). The term persists in the Turkish word for Albania, Arnavutluk (literally, "the place of the Albanians").

Ottoman mercenary formations were also called Arnauts, though this was a generic name, as the mercenaries were composed of Greeks, Albanians, Bulgarians and Serbs, who served as bodyguards. In the Danubian Principalities, it was also used to denote various mercenary units.

In Ukraine, Albanians who lived in Budzhak and later also settled in the Azov Littoral of Zaporizhia Oblast are also known as Arnauts. The city of Odessa has two streets Great Arnaut Street and Little Arnaut Street.

Arnaut (disambiguation)

Arnaut is an Occitan masculine given name, cognate with English Arnold, Catalan Arnau, French Arnaud and Spanish Arnaldo. It may refer to:

  • Arnaut Catalan (fl. 1219–1253), troubadour
  • Arnaut de Cumenges (fl. 1218–1246), troubadour and soldier
  • Arnaut Daniel (fl. 1180–1200), troubadour
  • Arnaut Guilhem de Marsan (fl. 1160–1180), troubadour and viscount
  • Arnaut de Mareuil (fl. late 12th century), troubadour
  • Arnaut Plagues (fl. c. 1230–1245), troubadour
  • Arnaut de Tintinhac (fl. 12th-century), troubadour
  • Arnaut Vidal de Castelnou d'Ari (fl. 1305–1324), troubadour and author

Usage examples of "arnaut".

Athens and Rome but also the Germany of Walther von derVogelweide, the Provence of Arnaut Daniel, the Florence of Dante and Guido Cavalcanti, to say nothing of Tang China and Moghul India and Almoravid Spain.

HASSAN: The light Wallachians, The Arnaut, Servian, and Albanian allies Fled from the glance of our artillery Almost before the thunderstone alit.