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[tah-ter] /ˈtɑ tər/
a member of a modern Turkic people living in the Tatar Autonomous Republic and adjacent regions of eastern European Russia and in widely scattered communities in western Siberia and central Asia.
the language of this people, including the literary language of the Tatar Autonomous Republic, the dialects of the Tatar Autonomous Republic and adjacent regions of the Volga basin (Volga Tatar) and numerous other dialects, some transitional to other Turkic languages.
Tartar1 (defs 1, 2, 4, 5, 8).
of or relating to the Tatars or their language.
Tartar1 (def 6).
Also, Tartar (for defs 1–3, 5).
Origin of Tatar
First recorded in 1805-15; See origin at Tartar
Related forms
[tah-tair-ee-uh n] /tɑˈtɛər i ən/ (Show IPA),
[tah-tar-ik] /tɑˈtær ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for Tatar
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  • A Tatar had gone to the derrick with a lantern to fetch a tool.

    From Pole to Pole

    Sven Anders Hedin
  • Altogether it might easily be taken for that of a modern Mongolian or Tatar.


    Znade A. Ragozin
  • But the utter hopelessness of the Tatar position was too plain.

    The Defiant Agents Andre Alice Norton
  • They could send a controlled Tatar party to explore the ship, sure.

    The Defiant Agents Andre Alice Norton
  • Travis stared beyond the Tatar shaman to the men about the fire.

    The Defiant Agents Andre Alice Norton
British Dictionary definitions for Tatar


  1. a member of a Mongoloid people who under Genghis Khan established a vast and powerful state in central Asia from the 13th century until conquered by Russia in 1552
  2. a descendant of this people, now scattered throughout Russia but living chiefly in the Tatar Republic
any of the languages spoken by the present-day Tatars, belonging to various branches of the Turkic family of languages, esp Kazan Tatar
of, relating to, or characteristic of the Tatars
Derived Forms
Tatarian (tɑːˈtɛərɪən), Tartarian, Tataric (tɑːˈtærɪk), Tartaric, adjective
Word Origin
C14: from Old French Tartare, from Medieval Latin Tartarus (associated with Latin Tartarus the underworld), from Persian Tātār
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Tatar

see Tartar.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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