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or Tur·ki·stan

[tur-kuh-stan, -stahn]
  1. a vast region in W and central Asia, E of the Caspian Sea: includes territory in the S central part of Xinjiang province in China (Eastern Turkestan or Chinese Turkestan), a strip of N Afghanistan, and the area (Russian Turkestan) comprising the republics of Kazakhstan, Kirghizia (Kyrgyzstan), Tadzhikistan (Tajikistan), Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan.
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Related formsTur·ke·stan·i·an, adjective, noun
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Examples from the Web for turkestan

Historical Examples

  • It is the meeting-place of the caravan roads from India, Persia, and Turkestan.

    The Coming Conquest of England

    August Niemann

  • After seventeen days' march they reached the Lake of Lobnor in Turkestan.

  • Turkestan was the next part of the empire to claim attention.

    China and the Manchus

    Herbert Allen Giles

  • I thought that we might in the spring visit the Caucasus and Turkestan.

  • Khokand is one of the most important centres of trade in Turkestan.

British Dictionary definitions for turkestan



  1. an extensive region of central Asia between Siberia in the north and Tibet, India, Afghanistan, and Iran in the south: formerly divided into West (Russian) Turkestan (also called Soviet Central Asia), comprising present-day Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and Kyrgyzstan and the S part of Kazakhstan, and East (Chinese) Turkestan, approximating to the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region of China
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