- a native or inhabitant of Turkey.
- (formerly) a native or inhabitant of the Ottoman Empire.
- a Muslim, especially a subject of the Sultan of Turkey.
- a member of any of the peoples speaking Turkic languages.
- one of a breed of Turkish horses closely related to the Arabian horse.
- any Turkish horse.
- Young Turk.
- Archaic. a cruel, brutal, and domineering man.
Origin of Turk
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
October 1, 2014
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
January 17, 2014
It appears the two Russians were the likely operatives and the Turk was more of a facilitator.Unraveling Al Qaeda’s Plot Against Spain
August 7, 2012
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
Turk is also based on an actual surgeon, who helped me out on the pilot.Resuscitation: A Q&A with the Creator of Scrubs
January 5, 2009
The jealousy of the European powers, too, protects the Turk.
The Spaniards called him the Turk, saying he looked like one.
Then it was that the Turk went to the Caciques sitting in council.
For they knew very well there was no gold in the Turk's country.
Like a coyote he would call at night, and though the Turk heard him, he dared not answer.
- a native, inhabitant, or citizen of Turkey
- a native speaker of any Turkic language, such as an inhabitant of Turkmenistan or Kyrgyzstan
- obsolete, derogatory a violent, brutal, or domineering person
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.