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  1. the historical name of a region of indefinite extent in E Europe and Asia: designates the area overrun by the Tartars in the Middle Ages, from the Dnieper River to the Pacific.
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Also Tatary.

Origin of Tartary

1350–1400; Middle English Tartarye < Middle French Tartarie < Medieval Latin Tartaria. See tartar, -y3
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Historical Examples of tartary

  • He's still with me, somewhere; I rather believe in Tartary, just now.

    The Daltons, Volume I (of II)

    Charles James Lever

  • Travels in Tartary, Thibet, and China, during the years 1844-5-6.

  • And he thinks it likely that there is unbroken land as far as Tartary.

    All Afloat

    William Wood

  • A Knight, one of the chief nobles of Tartary, was his first opponent.

  • They would as soon have suspected him of being the Khann of Tartary!

British Dictionary definitions for tartary


  1. a variant spelling of Tatary
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