Definition of Turkmen in English:

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Turkmen

Pronunciation: /ˈtərkmən/

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

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.

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: Turk·men

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