Definition of Turkish in English:

Share this entry


Pronunciation: /ˈtəːkɪʃ/


1Relating to Turkey or to the Turks or their language.
Example sentences
  • The Turkish language, due to Turkey's Islamic heritage, originally used Arabic script.
  • I moved into the English language the way I moved along with the Turkish language.
  • Well, I think the role of Turkey and the Turkish government is fascinating.
1.1 historical Relating to or associated with the Ottoman Empire.
Example sentences
  • Much of the architecture in Titograd reflects the Turkish influence of the Ottoman Empire.
  • The bridge, built under the Turkish Ottoman empire, was destroyed.


[mass noun]
The official language of Turkey, a Turkic language spoken by about 50 million people. It was written in the Arabic script until 1928, when the Roman alphabet was adopted.
Example sentences
  • He was in his early forties, and not uncultured; he spoke French and Turkish as well as Arabic.
  • During the Ottoman era, Turkish was written in Arabic script, from right to left.
  • Most Muslims in Australia speak Arabic, followed by Turkish, English only, Indonesian or Malay, and Urdu.

Words that rhyme with Turkish


For editors and proofreaders

Line breaks: Turk|ish

Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.