Turk·​men | \ ˈtərk-mən How to pronounce Turkmen (audio) \
plural Turkmen or Turkmens

Definition of Turkmen

1a : a member of a group of Islamized Turkic-speaking pastoral tribes who beginning in the eleventh century expanded from Central Asia into Persia, the Caucasus, Anatolia, and Mesopotamia
b : a member of a people descended from elements of these tribes who now form a majority of the population in Turkmenistan and a minority in adjacent countries
2 : the Turkic language of the contemporary Turkmen people

First Known Use of Turkmen

circa 1520, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Turkmen.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Turkmen. Accessed 17 Apr. 2021.

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