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[oz-man-lee, os-]
noun, plural Os·man·lis.
  1. an Ottoman.
  2. the language of the Ottoman Turks.
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  1. Ottoman.
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Examples from the Web for osmanli

Historical Examples

  • He would say, "I am an Osmanli, that is, a subject of the empire founded by Osman."

    Our Little Turkish Cousin

    Mary Hazelton Wade

  • The only name recognized by the Osmanli themselves is that of Turk.

  • It is one of the most beautiful things I know, and quite the most beautiful Osmanli building.

    In the Wilderness

    Robert Hichens

  • The boiler of the Osmanli collapsed and needed extended repair.

  • The policy of previous Osmanli rulers has already been roughly defined.

British Dictionary definitions for osmanli


  1. of or relating to the Ottoman Empire
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  1. plural -lis (formerly) a subject of the Ottoman Empire
  2. the Turkish language, esp as written in Arabic letters under the Ottoman Empire
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Word Origin

C19: from Turkish, from Osman I
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Word Origin and History for osmanli


"an Ottoman Turk," 1813, from Turkish Osmanli "of or pertaining to Osman," founder of the Ottoman dynasty (he reigned 1259-1326); his name is the Turkish pronunciation of Arabic Uthman. This is the native word where English generally uses Ottoman.

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