Definition of Azeri in English:


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Pronunciation: /əˈzɛːri

noun (plural Azeris)

  • 1A member of a Turkic people forming the majority population of Azerbaijan, and also living in Armenia and northern Iran.
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    • Iran has Persian-speaking populations on the central plateau, but on the peripheries are ethnic and religious minorities, including Turkic Azeris, Kurds, Lurs, Arabs, Baluch, Tajiks and Turkmen.
    • Approximately 10 million Azeris live in Iran - more than in Azerbaijan.
    • Consequently, there are today twice as many ethnic Azeris in Iran as there are in Azerbaijan, with a population of 8 million.
  • 2 [mass noun] The Azerbaijani language.
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    • Today, young people have the greatest chances of getting the best jobs if they speak three languages: Azeri, Russian, and English.
    • Linguistically, it is close to Azeri, Turkish, and Uzbek.
    • Until 1926, Azeri was written in Arabic script, which then was replaced by the Latin alphabet and in 1939 by Cyrillic.


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  • Relating to the Azeris or their language.
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    • But the consortium of oil companies, called Azerbaijan International Operating Company, claimed that they paid Azeri leaders for the same block $400 million in bonuses.
    • Because of decades of Soviet rule, she said, few Azeris have a sound knowledge of Islam, although Islam remains an integral part of Azeri identity.
    • In the absence of Kazak oil the commercial viability of Baku-Jeyhan will continue to rest solely on the availability of additional Azeri oil.


from Turkish azerî.

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