[ turk ]

  1. a native or inhabitant of Turkey.

  2. (formerly) a native or inhabitant of the Ottoman Empire.

  1. a Muslim, especially a subject of the Sultan of Turkey.

  2. a member of any of the peoples speaking Turkic languages.

  3. one of a breed of Turkish horses closely related to the Arabian horse.

  4. any Turkish horse.

  5. Archaic. a cruel, brutal, and domineering man.

Origin of Turk

First recorded in 1400–50; from Old French Turc, Middle English Turke, Turque, ultimately from Turkish Türk; compare Medieval Latin Turcus, Medieval Greek Toûrkos, Middle French turc, Italian turco, Persian turk

Other words from Turk

  • non-Turk, noun

Words Nearby Turk

Other definitions for Turk. (2 of 2)


  1. Turkey.

  2. Turkic (def. 1). : Also Turk

  1. Turkish (def. 4). : Also Turk

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How to use Turk in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for Turk (1 of 2)


/ (tɜːk) /

  1. a native, inhabitant, or citizen of Turkey

  2. a native speaker of any Turkic language, such as an inhabitant of Turkmenistan or Kyrgyzstan

  1. obsolete, derogatory a violent, brutal, or domineering person

British Dictionary definitions for Turk. (2 of 2)


abbreviation for
  1. Turkey

  2. Turkish

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