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[kurd, koo rd; Persian koord] /kɜrd, kʊərd; Persian kurd/
a member of an Islamic people speaking Kurdish and dwelling chiefly in Kurdistan.
Origin of Kurd
First recorded in 1610-20 Unabridged
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  • In an instant all had vanished, and Sir Kurd sank down in a swoon.

    Ernest Bracebridge William H. G. Kingston
  • If a Kurd eat bread given him, he will never try to rob the giver.

    Modern Persia Mooshie G. Daniel
  • A Kurd was once arrested in Persia for stealing and a hand was cut off as punishment.

    Modern Persia Mooshie G. Daniel
  • Daoud heard a faint undertone of contempt in the Kurd's voice.

  • Moreover it must be inferred that a Kurd has a ghost of a conscience.

    The Cradle of Mankind W.A. Wigram
  • But it had one fatal objection—the connecting link was a Kurd.

    The Cradle of Mankind W.A. Wigram
  • On the line between Meshed and Herat are several Kurd colonies.

    Man and His Migrations

    R. G. (Robert Gordon) Latham
British Dictionary definitions for Kurd


a member of a nomadic people living chiefly in E Turkey, N Iraq, and W Iran
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Word Origin and History for Kurd

1610s, the people's self-designation.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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