- a member of a Turkish reformist and nationalist party that was founded in the latter part of the 19th century and was the dominant political party in Turkey in the period 1908–18.
- an insurgent in a political party, especially one belonging to a group or faction that supports liberal or progressive policies: The leadership of the party passed from the cautious old-line conservatives to the zealous Young Turks.
- Also young Turk, young turk. any person aggressively or impatiently advocating reform within an organization.
Origin of Young Turk
First recorded in 1900–05
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Examples from the Web for young turk
With the advent of Young-Turk nationalism to power, however, all was changed.
The Young-Turk revolution of 1908 caused a new shift in the situation.
The Young-Turk revolution of 1908 greatly complicated the situation.
- a progressive, revolutionary, or rebellious member of an organization, political party, etc, esp one agitating for radical reform
- a member of an abortive reform movement in the Ottoman Empire, originally made up of exiles in W Europe who advocated liberal reforms. The movement fell under the domination of young Turkish army officers of a nationalist bent, who wielded great influence in the government between 1908 and 1918
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