Gil·​yak | \ (ˈ)gil¦yak \
variants: or Giliak \ " , ˈgilēˌak \
plural Gilyak or Gilyaks or Giliak or Giliaks

Definition of Gilyak

1a : a people of Siberia that are found in the lower course of the Amur river and in adjacent northern Sakhalin Island
b : a member of such people
2 : the language of the Gilyak people
3 : a language family consisting only of Gilyak

Love words?

You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:

  • More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

Learn More about Gilyak

Statistics for Gilyak

Cite this Entry

“Gilyak.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Nov. 2020.

Comments on Gilyak

What made you want to look up Gilyak? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


Test Your Vocabulary

Great Scrabble Words—A Quiz

  • scrabble tiles that read scrabble quiz
  • Which of the following Q-without-U words means the number five in cards or dice?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Add Diction

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!