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Tosk

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Pronunciation: /tɒsk
 
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Definition of Tosk in English:

noun (plural same or Tosks)

1A member of one of the main ethnic groups of Albania, living mainly in the south of the country.
Example sentences
  • The Ghegs live in the northern half of the country, and the Tosks live in the south.
  • Prior to 1920, most of the Albanians who migrated to the United States were Orthodox Tosks from the city of Korce in southern Albania.
  • Although dialect and cultural differences between the Ghegs and Tosks can be substantial, both sides identify strongly with the common national and ethnic culture.
2 [mass noun] The dialect of Albanian spoken by the Tosk, with about 4 million speakers, forming the basis for standard Albanian. Compare with Gheg.
Example sentences
  • Today, Albanian is spoken in two major dialects (with many subdialects) in Albania and in neighboring Kosova - Tosk (about two-thirds of the population) and Gheg (the remaining one-third).

adjective

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Relating to the Tosk or their dialect.
Example sentences
  • In addition to the standard Albanian terms (mostly similar to the Tosk dialect), Elsie often provides us with the variant forms of Gegerishte (the Gheg dialect of northern Albania).
  • Hence, Albanian nationalist intellectuals stressed linguistic nationalism in their attempts to build an Albanian national consciousness, an effort made difficult because of the Gheg / Tosk division.
  • In 1952, a standardized Albanian language was adopted, which is a mixture of Gheg and Tosk but with a prevailing Tosk element.

Origin

from Albanian Toskë.

Words that rhyme with Tosk

mosque

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