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Turk

[turk] /tɜrk/
noun
1.
a native or inhabitant of Turkey.
2.
(formerly) a native or inhabitant of the Ottoman Empire.
3.
a Muslim, especially a subject of the Sultan of Turkey.
4.
a member of any of the peoples speaking Turkic languages.
5.
one of a breed of Turkish horses closely related to the Arabian horse.
6.
any Turkish horse.
8.
Archaic. a cruel, brutal, and domineering man.
Origin
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle EnglishTurkish Türk; compare Medieval Latin Turcus, Medieval Greek Toûrkos, Middle French turc, Italian turco, Persian turk
Related forms
non-Turk, noun

Turk.

1.
2.
Turkish.
Also, Turk.
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British Dictionary definitions for Turk

Turk

/tɜːk/
noun
1.
a native, inhabitant, or citizen of Turkey
2.
a native speaker of any Turkic language, such as an inhabitant of Turkmenistan or Kyrgyzstan
3.
(obsolete, derogatory) a violent, brutal, or domineering person
See also Young Turk

Turk.

abbreviation
1.
Turkey
2.
Turkish
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Word Origin and History for Turk
n.

c.1300, from French Turc, from Medieval Latin Turcus, from Byzantine Greek Tourkos, Persian turk, a national name, of unknown origin. Said to mean "strength" in Turkish. Cf. Chinese tu-kin, name given c.177 B.C.E. as that of a people living south of the Altai Mountains (identified by some with the Huns). In Persian, turk, in addition to the national name, also could mean "a beautiful youth," "a barbarian," "a robber."

Meaning "person of Irish descent" is first recorded 1914 in U.S., apparently originating among Irish-Americans; of unknown origin (Irish torc "boar, hog" has been suggested). Young Turk (1908) was a member of an early 20c. political group in the Ottoman Empire that sought rejuvenation of the Turkish nation. Turkish bath is attested from 1640s; Turkish delight from 1877.

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Slang definitions & phrases for Turk

turf war

noun phrase

A contention over the rights to a certain activity, location, etc: We get eye-glazing accounts of turf wars between the Council on Economic Policy and the Commission on International Trade and Economic Policy/ Faget suspected a turf battle for control of the Mercury program (1950s+)


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Related Abbreviations for Turk

Turk.

  1. Turkey
  2. Turkish
  3. Turkmenistan
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