[ too-rey-nee-uhn, tyoo- ]

  1. belonging or pertaining to a group of Asian peoples or languages comprising nearly all of those that are neither Indo-European nor Semitic.

  1. a member of any of the peoples speaking a Turanian, especially a Ural-Altaic, language.

  2. a member of any of the Ural-Altaic peoples.

Origin of Turanian

1770–80; <Persian Tūrān Turkestan + -ian

Words Nearby Turanian

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How to use Turanian in a sentence

  • It created the Turanian and Ganownian systems of consanguinity.

    Ancient Society | Lewis Henry Morgan
  • The sense of decorum impels certain Turanian tribes to place not only food, but even napkins, on the graves of their relatives.

    Creed And Deed | Felix Adler
  • Here and there, amid the old Slav, are strange words which are supposed to signify Turanian chronology, cycles of lunar years.

  • Kissing is not forbidden at all;—there is simply no impulse to kiss among the Turanian races.

  • Hence this barley should be one of the forms cultivated by Semitic and Turanian peoples.

    Origin of Cultivated Plants | Alphonse De Candolle

British Dictionary definitions for Turanian


/ (tjʊˈreɪnɪən) /

  1. a member of any of the peoples inhabiting ancient Turkestan, or their descendants

  2. another name for Ural-Altaic

  1. of or relating to the Ural-Altaic languages or any of the peoples who speak them

  2. of or relating to Turkestan or its people

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