Definition of Tajik in English:

Tajik

Syllabification: Ta·jik
Pronunciation: /täˈjik
 
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(also Tadjik or Tadzhik)

noun

  • 1A member of a mainly Muslim people inhabiting Tajikistan and parts of neighboring countries.
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    • The people of the area are mostly Tajiks, a Muslim ethnic minority who speak an Iranian language.
    • We have Hazaras, we have Pashtuns, we have Tajiks, we have Uzbeks, we have Pashai, Nooristani, and people coming from the very remote areas of Afghanistan.
    • The officer corps before 1963 was not all-inclusive, however, and was dominated by Pashtuns and Tajiks.
  • 1.1A native or inhabitant of the republic of Tajikistan.
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    • The national sport of the Tajiks, gushtigiri, has a colorful tradition.
    • Tajiks are the largest ethnic group, with Uzbeks making up a quarter of the population, over half of which is employed in agriculture and just one-fifth in industry.
  • 2 (also Tajiki /-ˈjikē/) The Iranian language of the Tajiks.
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    • In the first years after independence many non-Central Asian peoples emigrated because of the establishment of Tajiki as the official language, dissatisfaction with the standard of living, and fear of political violence.
    • In 1989 Tajiki became the sole official language of the country, replacing Russian and Uzbeki.
    • About 14 percent of the population - mostly non-Uzbek - speak Russian as their first language; 5 percent speak Tajik.

adjective

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  • Of or relating to Tajikistan, the Tajiks, or their language.
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    • One of the few areas where a pan-Afghan identity has emerged is through popular music, which is a hybrid of the Pashtun musical style with a lot of Tajik language.
    • Many Tajiks consider themselves Uzbek, though they retain the Tajik language; this may be because they have long shared an urban lifestyle, which was more of a bond than ethnic labels.
    • The curriculum includes the Tajik language and classical Persian literature.

Origin

from Persian tājik 'a Persian, someone who is neither an Arab nor a Turk'.

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