Kyrgyz

noun

Kyr·​gyz ˌkir-ˈgēz How to pronounce Kyrgyz (audio)
variants or Kirghiz
plural Kyrgyz or Kirghiz
1
: a member of a Turkic people of Kyrgyzstan and adjacent areas of central Asia
2
: the language of the Kyrgyz
Kyrgyz adjective

Examples of Kyrgyz in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In 2014, Kyrgyz and Tajik conscripts exchanged fire over a strategic sluice in Ak-Sai. Foreign Affairs, 24 Aug. 2016 Moscow advertised for enlistment and accelerated citizenship in Uzbek, Tajik, and Kyrgyz languages in the past, according to the Associated Press. Prarthana Prakash, Fortune Europe, 5 Jan. 2024 Despite the challenges, Kyrgyz filmmaker Dastan Madalbekov is among the directors who see a bright future ahead for the region’s rising talents. Christopher Vourlias, Variety, 11 Dec. 2023 This is only the second time Putin has left Russia since his March indictment, after a trip last week to the Kyrgyz capital of Bishkek. Lyric Li, Washington Post, 18 Oct. 2023 China is dominated by the Han ethnic group, but more than half the population of Xinjiang, a landlocked region in northwestern China, is made up of minorities—most of them Uyghur, but some Kyrgyz, Tajik, Kazakh, Hui, or Mongol. Ian Urbina, The New Yorker, 9 Oct. 2023 The Kyrgyz Embassy in Washington, responding to a request for comment, said in a statement that the country’s leaders were committed to adhering to international regulations and cracking down on contraband and other illicit trade. Joby Warrick, Anchorage Daily News, 19 July 2023 Advertisement The Kyrgyz Embassy in Washington, responding to a request for comment, said in a statement that the country’s leaders were committed to adhering to international regulations and cracking down on contraband and other illicit trade. Joby Warrick, Washington Post, 19 July 2023 The Kyrgyz Embassy in Moscow had warned citizens in September against joining hostilities on foreign state territory, citing the Kyrgyz criminal code. Sammy Westfall, Washington Post, 17 May 2023

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Word History

Etymology

Kyrgyz Kɨrgɨz

First Known Use

1652, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of Kyrgyz was in 1652

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“Kyrgyz.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Kyrgyz. Accessed 18 May. 2024.

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