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[jou-uh r, jou-er] /ˈdʒaʊ ər, ˈdʒaʊ ər/
noun, Turkish.
an unbeliever; a non-Muslim, especially a Christian.
Origin of giaour
1555-65; earlier gower, gour < Turkish gâvur < Persian gaur, variant of gabr Zoroastrian, non-Muslim; spelling giaour < French, with gi- representing Turk palatalized g, later taken as spelling for j Unabridged
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a derogatory term for a non-Muslim, esp a Christian, used esp by the Turks
Word Origin
C16: from Turkish giaur unbeliever, from Persian gaur, variant of gäbr
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Word Origin and History for giaour

1560s, Turkish term of contempt for non-Muslims, from Persian gaur, variant of gabr "fire-worshipper," originally applied to the adherents of the Zoroastrian religion.

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