1. a member of a modern Turkic people living in the Tatar Autonomous Republic and adjacent regions of eastern European Russia and in widely scattered communities in western Siberia and central Asia.
  2. the language of this people, including the literary language of the Tatar Autonomous Republic, the dialects of the Tatar Autonomous Republic and adjacent regions of the Volga basin (Volga Tatar), and numerous other dialects, some transitional to other Turkic languages.
  3. Crimean Tatar.
  4. Tartar1(defs 1, 2, 4, 5, 8).
  1. of or relating to the Tatars or their language.
  2. Tartar1(def 6).
Also Tartar (for defs 1–3, 5).

Origin of Tatar

First recorded in 1805–15; see origin at Tartar
Related formsTa·tar·i·an [tah-tair-ee-uh n] /tɑˈtɛər i ən/, Ta·tar·ic [tah-tar-ik] /tɑˈtær ɪk/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for tatar

Contemporary Examples of tatar

Historical Examples of tatar

  • A Tatar had gone to the derrick with a lantern to fetch a tool.

    From Pole to Pole

    Sven Anders Hedin

  • Altogether it might easily be taken for that of a modern Mongolian or Tatar.


    Znade A. Ragozin

  • But the utter hopelessness of the Tatar position was too plain.

    The Defiant Agents

    Andre Alice Norton

  • They could send a controlled Tatar party to explore the ship, sure.

    The Defiant Agents

    Andre Alice Norton

  • Travis stared beyond the Tatar shaman to the men about the fire.

    The Defiant Agents

    Andre Alice Norton

British Dictionary definitions for tatar



    1. a member of a Mongoloid people who under Genghis Khan established a vast and powerful state in central Asia from the 13th century until conquered by Russia in 1552
    2. a descendant of this people, now scattered throughout Russia but living chiefly in the Tatar Republic
  1. any of the languages spoken by the present-day Tatars, belonging to various branches of the Turkic family of languages, esp Kazan Tatar
  1. of, relating to, or characteristic of the Tatars
Derived FormsTatarian (tɑːˈtɛərɪən), Tartarian, Tataric (tɑːˈtærɪk) or Tartaric, adjective

Word Origin for Tatar

C14: from Old French Tartare, from Medieval Latin Tartarus (associated with Latin Tartarus the underworld), from Persian Tātār
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for tatar


see Tartar.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper