- a member of an Islamic people speaking Kurdish and dwelling chiefly in Kurdistan.
Origin of Kurd
Examples from the Web for kurds
The Kurds claimed at least 100 Islamic militants were killed in the two-day battle to lift the siege.Iraqi Kurds Get Their Groove Back, End Siege of Mount Sinjar
December 20, 2014
The Americans and their allies are carrying out a desultory air campaign in Syria that appears focused on support for the Kurds.Time Is Running Out for Obama on Syria
October 30, 2014
For days the Kurds have insisted to skeptical journalists, including myself, that Kobani would hold.In the Battle for Kobani, ISIS Falls Back. But for How Long?
October 20, 2014
The buffer zone would protect civilians, Syrian rebels, and Kurds against ISIS assaults.Top Senate Dem Calls for Buffer Zone and No-fly Zone in Syria
October 16, 2014
The Kurds accuse the Turkish government of seeing them as a greater danger than Islamic militants.Whose Side Is Turkey On?
October 15, 2014
The Kurds have a strange tale of a bird they call the Bird Simer.The Science of Fairy Tales
Edwin Sidney Hartland
No sooner had the Kurds, with their customary cry of "Lululu!"
This had its effect; one by one the remaining Kurds slunk away.
Hand him over to us, and he shall have ample opportunity, said the Kurds.
That the Kurds should feel eminently disgusted was only to be expected.
- a member of a nomadic people living chiefly in E Turkey, N Iraq, and W Iran
Word Origin and History for kurds
1610s, the people's self-designation.
A linguistically and culturally distinct people who inhabit parts of Syria, Iran, Iraq, Turkey, and the former Soviet Union. Once part of the Ottoman Empire, they long have sought an independent nation-state, but without success. After his defeat in the Persian Gulf War, Saddam Hussein brutally repressed rebellious Kurds in northern Iraq.