Origin of Turk
Definition for turk (2 of 2)
Examples from the Web for turk
“I was shocked to hear words of admiration for ISIL,” wrote Özyurt, a senior editor for CNN Turk.Turkey’s Attitude Toward ISIS? Sympathy for the Devil|Jamie Dettmer|October 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Turk came up with a design modeled on lozenge-shaped chewing-gum.Joshua Compston Was Once the Wunderkind of the British Art World…and Now He’s Been Practically Forgotten|Anthony Haden-Guest|January 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It appears the two Russians were the likely operatives and the Turk was more of a facilitator.
It is the duty of everyone, Turk and foreigner, to respect the law.Turkey Brings Criminal Charges Against Sarah Ferguson|Charlotte Edwardes, Owen Matthews|January 13, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Turk is also based on an actual surgeon, who helped me out on the pilot.
He sat up and looked round, then pointed at the dead body of the Turk.The Vintage|Edward Frederic Benson
His purse and sword were freely offered for service against the Turk.The Captain of the Janizaries|James M. Ludlow
They have been the bulwark of Christendom against the unspeakable Turk and his religion.Birdseye Views of Far Lands|James T. Nichols
As early as 1519 he had said that even the Turk was to be reverenced as an authority.The History of Freedom|John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton
Turk began at once to travel up this, while Caleb tried to make him go down.Two Little Savages|Ernest Thompson Seton
British Dictionary definitions for turk (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for turk (2 of 2)
Word Origin and History for turk
c.1300, from French Turc, from Medieval Latin Turcus, from Byzantine Greek Tourkos, Persian turk, a national name, of unknown origin. Said to mean "strength" in Turkish. Cf. Chinese tu-kin, name given c.177 B.C.E. as that of a people living south of the Altai Mountains (identified by some with the Huns). In Persian, turk, in addition to the national name, also could mean "a beautiful youth," "a barbarian," "a robber."
Meaning "person of Irish descent" is first recorded 1914 in U.S., apparently originating among Irish-Americans; of unknown origin (Irish torc "boar, hog" has been suggested). Young Turk (1908) was a member of an early 20c. political group in the Ottoman Empire that sought rejuvenation of the Turkish nation. Turkish bath is attested from 1640s; Turkish delight from 1877.