nounplural noun Turkmen, plural noun 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.‘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.’
- ‘Two ethnic Turkmens - whose language is an offshoot of Turkish - are checking out new satellite dishes on the steps of Salih's store.’
- ‘Both Turkmen and Kurds insist that they were the dominant population in the city in earlier decades.’
- ‘To extract an additional 30-40 billion cubic metres of gas, the Turkmen gas industry will require $4-6 billion in investments.’
2The Turkic language of the Turkmen.
- ‘It is related to such languages as Turkish, Kazak, Kyrgyz, Turkmen, and Uzbek.’
Relating to the Turkmens, their language, or the region they inhabit.‘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.’
- ‘This challenges the economic models of everything from toy design to Turkmen film distribution.’
- ‘The Turkmen delegation rose to complain that it, too, had no representative in the independent grouping.’
- ‘I remember a bearded Turkmen woman solemnly giving me the key to the hotel's only ‘luxury suite’.’
From Persian turkmān, from Turkish tūrkmen; also influenced by Russian turkmen.