Azer·​bai·​ja·​ni ˌa-zər-ˌbī-ˈjä-nē How to pronounce Azerbaijani (audio)
plural Azerbaijanis also Azerbaijani
: a member of a Turkic-speaking people of Azerbaijan and northwest Iran
: the Turkic language of the Azerbaijanis
Azerbaijani adjective

Examples of Azerbaijani in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web More relatable is Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev, a tough autocrat who broke promises to Western leaders by launching last week’s military operation. Francesca Ebel, Washington Post, 30 Sep. 2023 Azerbaijan’s state security service said on Thursday he was being charged with financing terrorism and with illegally crossing the Azerbaijani border last year. Felix Light, The Christian Science Monitor, 28 Sep. 2023 As tens of thousands of Nagorno-Karabakh’s residents flee, abandoning their homes amid fear of Azerbaijani rule, rage has filled the streets of Yerevan, Armenia’s capital. Nabih Bulos, Los Angeles Times, 27 Sep. 2023 Tens of thousands died fighting for and against it, destroying the careers of two presidents — one Armenian, one Azerbaijani — and tormenting a generation of American, Russian and European diplomats pushing stillborn peace plans. Ivan Nechepurenko Nanna Heitmann, New York Times, 27 Sep. 2023 Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan will meet Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev on Monday as ethnic Armenians fled the breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh after a lightning military operation that has changed the contours of the South Caucasus. Reuters, NBC News, 25 Sep. 2023 Pashinyan declined to declare war following the new Azerbaijani offensive and on Wednesday said Armenia had no involvement in Wednesday's ceasefire agreement. Patrick Reevell, ABC News, 20 Sep. 2023 But Russia’s peacekeepers have not prevented Azerbaijani troops from establishing a military checkpoint along the Lachin corridor, preventing the import of food to the enclave. Christian Edwards, CNN, 17 Sep. 2023 Dozens of Azerbaijani nationals have reportedly been arrested in the past few weeks for alleged links to Iran amid escalating tensions between the two countries over a range of issues including Azerbaijan’s ties to Israel and its conflict with Armenia. Zulfugar Agayev,, 6 Apr. 2023 See More

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Word History


Persian āzarbāyjānī, from Āzarbāyjān Azerbaijan

First Known Use

1886, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of Azerbaijani was in 1886

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“Azerbaijani.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Oct. 2023.

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