- an unbeliever; a non-Muslim, especially a Christian.
Origin of giaour
Examples from the Web for giaour
Historical Examples of giaour
"Your medicine is good, Giaour," she said, with the ghost of a disdainful laugh.Paul Patoff
F. Marion Crawford
“The admiral is speaking to us and the Giaour” said Tom, who was acting as signal-midshipman.
The Tornado and Giaour, with numerous other steam-vessels, accompanied the fleet.
I will strike this giaour of a Frenchman in his tenderest spot—his heart!The Son of Monte Christo
See, too, Medwin's story of "one of the principal incidents in The Giaour."The Works Of Lord Byron, Vol. 3 (of 7)
- a derogatory term for a non-Muslim, esp a Christian, used esp by the Turks
Word Origin for giaour
1560s, Turkish term of contempt for non-Muslims, from Persian gaur, variant of gabr "fire-worshipper," originally applied to the adherents of the Zoroastrian religion.