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  1. (in Turkey) one of the administrative districts into which a vilayet is divided.

Origin of sanjak

First recorded in 1530–40, sanjak is from the Turkish word sancak district (literally, flag, standard)
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Examples from the Web for sanjak

Historical Examples

  • There are neither bridges nor roads, nor decent dwellings to be met with in the Sanjak.

    The Balkan Peninsula

    Frank Fox

  • He was a comitaj once, in the old days when Turkey owned Macedonia and the Sanjak.

  • Can you, will you, tell me what is the Sanjak of Novi Bazar?

    Frenzied Fiction

    Stephen Leacock

  • When she came back, she knew the Sanjak of Novi Bazar like her pocket.

    The Mountebank

    William J. Locke

  • This was chiefly occasioned by a desire of revenge, as his own standard had been given to the Portuguese by a Sanjak.

British Dictionary definitions for sanjak


  1. (in the Turkish Empire) a subdivision of a vilayet

Word Origin

C16: from Turkish sancàk, literally: a flag
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