Definition of Turk in English:

Turk

Pronunciation /tərk/

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noun

  • 1A native or inhabitant of Turkey, or a person of Turkish descent.

    ‘The Turks, the Turkish government will strongly oppose that.’
    • ‘Turkey and Turks have an historical responsibility for region and us.’
    • ‘The shared part of the Armenian diet is the Mediterranean foods widely familiar among Arabs, Turks, Greeks.’
    • ‘He currently has an office staff made up of two Americans, two Germans, two Turks, two Brazilians and two Greeks.’
    • ‘Other groups include Germans, Gypsies, Romanians, Slovenians, and Turks.’
    • ‘The treaty only served to anger the nationalist Turks who sought to overturn it.’
    • ‘Growing up in the inner city in Melbourne, our neighbours consisted mainly of Greeks, Italians, some Turks and later, Lebanese.’
    • ‘He recalled life under the Turks and the British.’
  • 2historical A member of any of the ancient central Asian peoples who spoke Turkic languages, including the Seljuks and Ottomans.

    ‘The history of rise and decay repeated itself after the Osmanli Turks appeared on the scene.’
    • ‘The Field of Blackbirds marked the spot where Serbs and Ottoman Turks had fought themselves to a bloody standstill in the 14th century.’
    • ‘In 1526, a young Hungarian king fell in a battle with the Ottoman Turks.’
    • ‘All trade in Greek wine ceased in the late 15th century, when, after the fall of Byzantium, the Ottoman Turks occupied the Peloponnesian shore and drove out its inhabitants.’
    • ‘Under the Ottoman Turks, the bridge created ease of trade and mutual contact between Catholic, Serbian Orthodox and Muslim communities.’
  • 3archaic A member of the ruling Muslim population of the Ottoman Empire.

    ‘In 1396, the Bulgarians were conquered by the Ottoman Turks, a Muslim people.’
    • ‘The Druze had been fighting the ruling Ottoman Turks for two hundred years.’

Origin

Late Middle English via Old French from Turkish türk.