- 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.
- Crimean Tatar.
- 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
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Examples from the Web for tatar
The brand logo turned out to feature a graceful archer on horseback, in a Tatar national costume, poised to shoot his arrow.Rebranding The Land of Mongol Warriors & Ivan The Terrible
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Snyder had invited Tatar scholars to attend the conference, but they chose to remain in Crimea so as to mark this occasion.Putin vs. Humanity
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Tatar control—part occupation and part suzerainty over impotent, tribute-paying Russian principalities—lasted more than 200 years.Russian History Is on Our Side: Putin Will Surely Screw Himself
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In Pervomayskoye village, eight men from a Crimean “self-defense” squad intimidated local Tatar activist Ilyas Ibrahimov.The Crimea Exodus Has Begun
March 16, 2014
Tatar is understandably a big fan of the printed page despite owning an Amazon Kindle.Do Tablet Apps and Ebooks Spell the End of Pop-Up Books?
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A Tatar had gone to the derrick with a lantern to fetch a tool.From Pole to Pole
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Altogether it might easily be taken for that of a modern Mongolian or Tatar.Chaldea
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But the utter hopelessness of the Tatar position was too plain.
They could send a controlled Tatar party to explore the ship, sure.
Travis stared beyond the Tatar shaman to the men about the fire.
- 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
- 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
C14: from Old French Tartare, from Medieval Latin Tartarus (associated with Latin Tartarus the underworld), from Persian Tātār
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Word Origin and History for tatar
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper