Definition of Turkmen in English:


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

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.
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    • 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.
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    • It is related to such languages as Turkish, Kazak, Kyrgyz, Turkmen, and Uzbek.


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  • Relating to the Turkmens, their language, or the region they inhabit.
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    • 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.


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

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