Simple Definition of turkey
: a large American bird that is related to the chicken and that is hunted or raised by people for its meat
: the meat of the turkey used as food
: something (such as a play or movie) that has failed
Full Definition of turkey
Examples of turkey in a sentence
He was acting like a complete turkey.
<only a turkey would think it's a good idea to go for a jog when the weather drops below zero>
Origin of turkey
Turkey, country in western Asia and southeastern Europe; from confusion with the guinea fowl, supposed to be imported from Turkish territory
First Known Use: 1555
Definition of Turkey
country W Asia & SE Europe between Mediterranean & Black seas; formerly center of an empire (∗ Constantinople), since 1923 a republic ∗ Ankara area 301,380 square miles (780,574 square kilometers), pop 73,085,000 — see ottoman empire
TURKEY Defined for Kids
Definition of turkey for Students
: a large North American bird related to the chicken and widely raised for food
History for turkey
The plump, chicken-like birds called guinea fowl are of African origin. However, they were introduced into Europe from Mediterranean lands controlled by Turkey, so that in English they were frequently called turkey-cocks or turkey-hens in the 1500s. When the North American birds that we call turkeys entered Europe, they were at first thought to be varieties of guinea fowl and so were also called turkey-cocks, later shortened to turkeys. This name fell out of use for guinea fowl—whose current name more accurately reflects their origin, since Guinea is an old name for West Africa—but it has been kept for the American bird.
Definition of Turkey for Students
country W Asia & SE Europe between Mediterranean & Black seas; capital, Ankara
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