Definition of turkey
Examples of turkey in a Sentence
He was acting like a complete turkey.
only a turkey would think it's a good idea to go for a jog when the weather drops below zero
Recent Examples of turkey from the Web
To build the sandwich, spread the aioli on the bottom of the torta, add the turkey, followed by the tomato, red onion, then the sprouts.
If ribs aren't your thing, there are plenty of alternatives: from cheeseburgers and corn dogs to veggie wraps and turkey legs, along with the usual fair fare like elephant ears and lemon shake-ups.
Givenchy told reporters of one display dedicated to 15 hats: satin pillboxes with ostrich feathers, a long flat velvet hat with bow, and dramatic capelines adorned with sequins and turkey feathers.
Miles of trails filled with wildlife like turkeys, foxes and bald eagles wind through the meadows of the estate.
An 8-ounce jar of Neat Nick Preserves sells for $7 at The Little French Market in historic Ellicott City, where a sourdough sandwich made with Neat Nick cranberry jam and braised turkey breast is the café’s bestseller.
A turkey fresco sub at Potbelly has 720 calories, and a chicken burrito from Chipotle can pack more than 1,000.
And there will be some new vendors, like Spittin' BBQ and Kickin' Ash, and Steve's Meat Shop with grilled turkey legs.
At birth, at the time of separation from his or her mother, the child goes cold turkey.
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Origin and Etymology of turkey
Turkey, country in western Asia and southeastern Europe; from confusion with the guinea fowl, supposed to be imported from Turkish territory
First Known Use: 1555See Words from the same year
Definition of Turkey
country in western Asia and southeastern Europe between the Mediterranean and Black seas; capital Ankara area 301,380 square miles (780,574 square kilometers), population 73,085,000 — see ottoman empire ◆Turkey was formerly the center of an empire whose capital was Constantinople. Since 1923 it has been a republic.
- —see also turk
TURKEY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of turkey for English Language Learners
: a large American bird that is related to the chicken and that is hunted or raised by people for its meat
: the meat of the turkey used as food
: something (such as a play or movie) that has failed
Definition of Turkey for English Language Learners
: country in Asia and Europe
TURKEY Defined for Kids
Definition of turkey for Students
: a large North American bird related to the chicken and widely raised for food
History for turkey
The plump, chicken-like birds called guinea fowl are of African origin. However, they were introduced into Europe from Mediterranean lands controlled by Turkey, so that in English they were frequently called turkey-cocks or turkey-hens in the 1500s. When the North American birds that we call turkeys entered Europe, they were at first thought to be varieties of guinea fowl and so were also called turkey-cocks, later shortened to turkeys. This name fell out of use for guinea fowl—whose current name more accurately reflects their origin, since Guinea is an old name for West Africa—but it has been kept for the American bird.
Definition of Turkey for Students
country W Asia & SE Europe between Mediterranean & Black seas; capital, Ankara
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