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

noun Turkish.

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

Nearby words

  1. giant urticaria,
  2. giant water bug,
  3. giant's causeway,
  4. giantess,
  5. giantism,
  6. giardia,
  7. giardiasis,
  8. giauque,
  9. giauque, william francis,
  10. gib

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for giaour


/ (ˈdʒaʊə) /


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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Word Origin and History 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.

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