Share this entry

Share this page

Turkmen

Syllabification: Turk·men
Pronunciation: /ˈtərkmen, -mən
 
/

Definition of Turkmen in English:

noun (plural same or Turkmens)

1A member of a group of Turkic peoples inhabiting the region east of the Caspian Sea and south of the Aral Sea, now comprising Turkmenistan and parts of Iran and Afghanistan.
Example sentences
  • He cited the rights of the Kurds, Turkmens and women.
  • That plan is bitterly opposed by Turkmens.
  • The Turkmens are perhaps closest to the modern Turks of today.
2The Turkic language of the Turkmen.
Example sentences
  • It is related to such languages as Turkish, Kazak, Kyrgyz, Turkmen, and Uzbek.

adjective

Back to top  
Relating to the Turkmens, their language, or the region they inhabit.
Example sentences
  • The Turkmen language used in Turkmenistan borrows many words from Russian.
  • The demonstration coincided with a general strike by the city's approximately 300,000 Turkmen residents.
  • When a 670-lb meteorite landed in Turkmenistan in 1999, Turkmen scientists named it after Turkmenbashi.

Origin

from Persian turkmān, from Turkish tūrkmen; also influenced by Russian turkmen.

Definition of Turkmen in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day emulous
Pronunciation: ˈɛmjʊləs
adjective
seeking to emulate someone or something