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Turk·​ish ˈtər-kish How to pronounce Turkish (audio)
: of, relating to, or characteristic of Turkey, the Turks, or Turkish


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: the Turkic language of the Republic of Turkey

Examples of Turkish in a Sentence

Adjective He is from Ankara, the Turkish capital.
Recent Examples on the Web
Moreover, the Turkish government invests heavily in supporting medical tourism by providing ample opportunities for medical training and skill development, frequently inspecting all medical facilities, and offering comprehensive visa support to all international medical tourists. Maria Williams, USA TODAY, 8 Sep. 2023 Effort to free American trapped in Turkey cave to begin as soon as Friday Turkish rescuers are ready to being the process of freeing an American caver stuck over 3,000 feet underground within the next few days, according to an emergency management official. Elizabeth Robinson, NBC News, 8 Sep. 2023 The prosecutor’s indictment estimates them at 356 million liras ($13 million), but Turkish media have reported figures as high as $2 billion. Taylan Bilgic, Fortune Crypto, 8 Sep. 2023 A day after Turkish cavers alerted the European Cave Rescue Association on Saturday, a Hungarian rescue team with a doctor reached Dickey. Andrew Jeong, Washington Post, 8 Sep. 2023 More than 150 Turkish and international cave rescue experts are leading the effort to save him. Lawrence Richard, Fox News, 7 Sep. 2023 The move took the rate to its highest level since 2019, and sent the Turkish currency to its strongest level against the US dollar since mid-July. Reuters, CNN, 24 Aug. 2023 And in neighboring Turkey, at least six villages are evacuated in the west, after forest fires broke in the province of Canakkale, an Aegean city along Dardanelles Strait, Turkish authorities said. Niki Kitsantonis, BostonGlobe.com, 22 Aug. 2023 The remains were found northeast of the port city of Alexandroupoli, in an area where trails cross the Turkish border. Kevin Shalvey, ABC News, 22 Aug. 2023
While Thousands of Feet Deep Inside Turkish Cave TUMAF later posted several more updates about Dickey’s ongoing move to the surface, which began at a base camp located at a depth of around 3,412 feet. Bailey Richards, Peoplemag, 10 Sep. 2023 The cave, in the Taurus Mountains in the southern part of Turkey, is over 4,100 feet deep with narrow passages and several areas requiring a rappel, according to the Turkish Caving Federation, which is assisting in the rescue. Minyvonne Burke, NBC News, 9 Sep. 2023 Leaders of the expedition sought international help through the Turkish Federation of Speleology and Turkish cave rescue, both of which are members of ECRA. Saman Shafiq, USA TODAY, 7 Sep. 2023 Barbaros Tapan has been a member of the Golden Globes since 2016 and is the founder and president of the Hollywood Turkish Film and Drama Days. Paul Grein, Billboard, 31 Aug. 2023 More top stories from the suburbs: 16-year-old charged in shooting of teen in Highland Park Comings & Goings: Jesse’s Tavern closes in Chicago Ridge, Turkish House opens in Palos Hills, more ‘Bidenomics’ delivered a once-in-generation investment. Chicago Tribune Staff, Chicago Tribune, 15 Aug. 2023 Made from 100% Turkish Cotton, they're designed to be soft, fluffy and absorbent, with thousands of five-star Amazon reviews. Samantha Jones, Good Housekeeping, 10 Aug. 2023 Cardholders can transfer miles to 15 other partners, including British Airways, Emirates, Turkish Airlines, Wyndham hotels and Accor hotels. Scott McMurren, Anchorage Daily News, 15 July 2023 This current wave of Quran burning ignited in January by Danish-Swedish far-right provocateur Rasmus Paludan outside the Turkish Embassy in Stockholm. Adam Taylor, Washington Post, 3 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1613, in the meaning defined above

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

Dictionary Entries Near Turkish

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“Turkish.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Turkish. Accessed 29 Sep. 2023.

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1 of 2 adjective
Turk·​ish ˈtər-kish How to pronounce Turkish (audio)
: of or relating to Turkey, the Turks, or Turkish


2 of 2 noun
: the language of the Turks
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