A hussar is a specific type of cavalryman - light cavalry, in fact, originating in the 1400s. That means we have a military horseman, the light simply meaning not armoured. Which makes sense, really. The golden hordes (the Mongol invaders into Europe and Asia in the 1300s and 1400s) had effectively taught the Europeans the benefits of cavalry attack (speed) over defence.
|Early 20th Century Prussian hussar|
Where did I encounter this word? It was uncomfortably close to another upcoming word, and I wanted to clarify each of them.