\ ˈtərk How to pronounce Turk (audio) \

Definition of Turk

1 : a native or inhabitant of Turkey
2 : 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
3 : muslim specifically : a Muslim subject of the Turkish sultan
4 : a Turkish horse specifically : a Turkish strain of Arab and crossbred horses
5 often not capitalized : a usually young dynamic person eager for change especially : young turk

First Known Use of Turk

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for Turk

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

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

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“Turk.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Turk. Accessed 9 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of Turk

: a person born, raised, or living in Turkey


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Kids Definition of Turk

: a person born or living in Turkey

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