: a native or inhabitant of Turkey
: a member of any of numerous Asian peoples speaking Turkic languages who live in a region extending from the Balkans to eastern Siberia and western China
: muslim
specifically : a Muslim subject of the Turkish sultan
: a Turkish horse
specifically : a Turkish strain of Arab and crossbred horses
often not capitalized : a usually young dynamic person eager for change
especially : young turk

Word History


Middle English, from Anglo-French or Turk; Anglo-French Turc, from Medieval Latin or Turk; Medieval Latin Turcus, from Turkish Türk

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of Turk was in the 14th century

Dictionary Entries Near Turk

Cite this Entry

“Turk.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Turk. Accessed 28 May. 2023.

Kids Definition


: a person born or living in Turkey

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