Definition of Kirghiz in English:

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Kirghiz

Pronunciation: /kirˈɡēz/
(also Kyrgyz)

noun (plural same)

1A member of an indigenous people of central Asia, living chiefly in Kyrgyzstan.
Example sentences
  • In fact, the Kirghiz were one of the first groups of Afghan refugees to seek a haven in that country.
  • And the interdependence of the Kirghiz and Wakhi has increased, alongside trade with the rest of Afghanistan.
  • The ancient Kyrgyz were part of strong nomadic tribal unions, which proved to be a serious distress to China.
2The Turkic language of the Kirghiz.
Example sentences
  • Kyrgyzstan has two official languages: Kyrgyz and Russian.
  • It is still commonly used as the language of business, and many ethnic Russians cannot speak Kyrgyz.
  • It is related to such languages as Turkish, Kazak, Kyrgyz, Turkmen, and Uzbek.

adjective

Relating to the Kirghiz or their language.
Example sentences
  • Dressed in ill-fitting Kyrgyz army fatigues - their clothes are in tatters and they have lost all their gear - the climbers appear on Kyrgyzstan's state-run TV.
  • A few weeks later, just after my Outside story went to press, there was startling news from Kyrgyzstan: Sharipov survived the fall and was captured by Kyrgyz soldiers.
  • Rakitin earlier said that several Kyrgyz citizens who witnessed the killings testified that the gunman was tall and had red hair, a description that bears little resemblance to Ivankov.

Origin

The name in Kirghiz.

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: Kir·ghiz

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