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Syllabification: Turk
Pronunciation: /tərk

Definition of Turk in English:


1A native or inhabitant of Turkey, or a person of Turkish descent.
Example sentences
  • The Turks, the Turkish government will strongly oppose that.
  • Turkey and Turks have an historical responsibility for region and us.
  • The shared part of the Armenian diet is the Mediterranean foods widely familiar among Arabs, Turks, Greeks.
2 historical A member of any of the ancient central Asian peoples who spoke Turkic languages, including the Seljuks and Ottomans.
Example sentences
  • The history of rise and decay repeated itself after the Osmanli Turks appeared on the scene.
  • The Field of Blackbirds marked the spot where Serbs and Ottoman Turks had fought themselves to a bloody standstill in the 14th century.
  • In 1526, a young Hungarian king fell in a battle with the Ottoman Turks.
3 archaic A member of the ruling Muslim population of the Ottoman Empire.
Example sentences
  • In 1396, the Bulgarians were conquered by the Ottoman Turks, a Muslim people.
  • The Druze had been fighting the ruling Ottoman Turks for two hundred years.


late Middle English: via Old French from Turkish türk.

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