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[ang-ker-uh, ahng-] /ˈæŋ kər ə, ˈɑŋ-/
a city in and the capital of Turkey, in the central part.
Also called Angora.
Ancient Ancyra.


[tur-kee] /ˈtɜr ki/
a republic in W Asia and SE Europe. 296,184 sq. mi. (767,120 sq. km): 286,928 sq. mi. (743,145 sq. km) in Asia; 9257 sq. mi. (23,975 sq. km) in Europe.
Capital: Ankara.
Compare Ottoman Empire.
Related forms
pro-Turkey, adjective Unabridged
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  • Damascus sighed but smiled, and reopened diplomatic relations with Ankara that had been severed for more than twenty years.

    The Golden Judge Nathaniel Gordon
  • An example may be also taken from the following sign for lie, falsehood, made by an Ankara, Fig. 233.

  • He intended to do this tomorrow, somewhere between the oasis and Ankara, but the Pasha's son had presented an awkward problem.

    Hi Jolly! James Arthur Kjelgaard
  • The caravan for which Ali was handling camels came to an oasis one day out of Ankara and found another caravan already encamped.

    Hi Jolly! James Arthur Kjelgaard
  • But he felt that he could make it from here to Ankara without difficulty and he'd had more than his fill of the Pasha's son.

    Hi Jolly! James Arthur Kjelgaard
British Dictionary definitions for Ankara


the capital of Turkey: an ancient city in the Anatolian highlands: first a capital in the 3rd century bc, in the Celtic kingdom of Galatia. Pop: 3 593 000 (2005 est) Ancient name Ancyra Former name (until 1930) Angora


noun (pl) -keys, -key
a large gallinaceous bird, Meleagris gallopavo, of North America, having a bare wattled head and neck and a brownish iridescent plumage. The male is brighter and has a fan-shaped tail. A domestic variety is widely bred for its flesh
the flesh of the turkey used as food
a similar and related bird, Agriocharis ocellata (ocellated turkey), of Central and N South America
any of various Australian birds considered to resemble the turkey, such as the bush turkey
(slang, mainly US & Canadian)
  1. a dramatic production that fails; flop
  2. a thing or person that fails; dud
(slang, mainly US & Canadian) a stupid, incompetent, or unappealing person
(slang) (in tenpin bowling) three strikes in a row
(informal, mainly US & Canadian) talk turkey, to discuss frankly and practically
Word Origin
C16: shortened from Turkey cock (hen), used at first to designate the African guinea fowl (apparently because the bird was brought through Turkish territory), later applied by mistake to the American bird


a republic in W Asia and SE Europe, between the Black Sea, the Mediterranean, and the Aegean: the centre of the Ottoman Empire; became a republic in 1923. The major Asian part, consisting mainly of an arid plateau, is separated from European Turkey by the Bosporus, Sea of Marmara, and Dardanelles. Official languages: Turkish; Kurdish and Arabic minority languages. Religion: Muslim majority. Currency: lira. Capital: Ankara. Pop: 80 694 485 (2013 est). Area: 780 576 sq km (301 380 sq miles)
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Word Origin and History for Ankara



1540s, "guinea fowl" (Numida meleagris), imported from Madagascar via Turkey, by Near East traders known as turkey merchants. The larger North American bird (Meleagris gallopavo) was domesticated by the Aztecs, introduced to Spain by conquistadors (1523) and thence to wider Europe, by way of North Africa (then under Ottoman rule) and Turkey (Indian corn was originally turkey corn or turkey wheat in English for the same reason).

The word turkey was first applied to it in English 1550s because it was identified with or treated as a species of the guinea fowl. The Turkish name for it is hindi, literally "Indian," probably via Middle French dinde (c.1600, contracted from poulet d'inde, literally "chicken from India," Modern French dindon), based on the common misconception that the New World was eastern Asia.

The New World bird itself reputedly reached England by 1524 at the earliest estimate, though a date in the 1530s seems more likely. By 1575, turkey was becoming the usual main course at an English Christmas. Meaning "inferior show, failure," is 1927 in show business slang, probably from the bird's reputation for stupidity. Meaning "stupid, ineffectual person" is recorded from 1951. Turkey shoot "something easy" is World War II-era, in reference to marksmanship contests where turkeys were tied behind a log with their heads showing as targets.


country name, late 14c., from Medieval Latin Turchia, from Turcus (see Turk) + -ia.

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Ankara in Culture
Ankara [(ang-kuhr-uh)]

Capital of Turkey, located in west-central Turkey; the country's administrative, commercial, and cultural center.

Note: Formerly known as Angora; home of Angora goats, famous for their fine wool.

Turkey definition

Republic straddling southeastern Europe and the Middle East, bordered by the Black Sea to the north, Georgia and Armenia to the northeast, Iran to the east, Iraq and Syria to the southeast, the Mediterranean Sea and the Aegean Sea to the southwest, and Greece and Bulgaria to the northwest. Ninety-seven percent of the country is in Asia. Ankara is its capital, but Istanbul is its largest city and former imperial capital.

Note: The Ottoman Empire emerged in Anatolia (the western portion of Asian Turkey) during the thirteenth century and survived until 1918. At its height, during the sixteenth century, the empire stretched from the Persian Gulf to western Algeria and included all of southeastern Europe.
Note: The declining Ottoman Empire allied with Germany, Austria, and Bulgaria in World War I and suffered disintegration and Greek occupation at the end of the war.
Note: After the rise of a nationalist movement led by Kemal Ataturk, the Republic of Turkey was established in 1923.
Note: In 1871, the archaeologist and scholar Heinrich Schliemann discovered the site of ancient Troy on the west coast of Asian Turkey.
Note: The country's relations with Greece have been characterized by tension and conflict for centuries.
Note: Turkey has been a member of NATO since 1952.
Note: Parts of the country were devastated by an earthquake in 2000.
Note: Turkey has long resisted separatist demands from militant Kurds in the eastern part of the country.
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Slang definitions & phrases for Ankara



  1. An inferior show, esp a failure; bomb, flop: Management prudently kept the turkey out of town (1927+ Show business)
  2. nything inferior, stupid, or futile; lemon, loser: For all ordinary purposes it was simply a turkey/ calling the bill a turkey, said it would send the wrong signal (1941+)
  3. A stupid, ineffectual person; jerk: You'd be stuck with that turkey practically until he died (1951+)
  4. The victim of a mugging or street robbery: On an average night, they attacked eight victims or ''turkeys,'' taking a total of about $300 (1970s+ Underworld & teenagers)
  5. hree consecutive strikes (1940s+ Bowling)

Related Terms

cape cod turkey, full of shit, talk turkey

[fr the common and perhaps accurate perception of the turkey as a stupid creature, an avian loser; the bowling sense is exceptional]

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