giaour

[ jou-uh r, jou-er ]
/ ˈdʒaʊ ər, ˈdʒaʊ ər /

noun Turkish.

an unbeliever; a non-Muslim, especially a Christian.

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Origin of giaour

1555–65; earlier gower, gour < Turkish gâvur < Persian gaur, variant of gabr Zoroastrian, non-Muslim; spelling giaour < French, with gi- representing Turk palatalized g, later taken as spelling for j
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British Dictionary definitions for giaour

giaour
/ (ˈdʒaʊə) /

noun

a derogatory term for a non-Muslim, esp a Christian, used esp by the Turks

Word Origin for giaour

C16: from Turkish giaur unbeliever, from Persian gaur, variant of gäbr
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