from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Islam A nonbeliever; an infidel.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A non-Muslim, especially a Christian, an infidel; especially as used by Turkish people with particular reference to Christians such as Greeks, Armenians, Bulgarians, Serbs and Assyrians.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An infidel; -- a term applied by Turks to disbelievers in the Mohammedan religion, especially Christrians.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An infidel: used by the Turks to designate an adherent of any religion except the Mohammedan, more particularly a Christian, and so commonly that it does not necessarily imply an insult.
He spoke apologetically to the holy man, alluded to the "giaour" more than once, and proceeded to give Dick
‘Only a Kurdish giaour would fire on the livery of the Kaaba.’
The eunuchs were threatened with death, if she were not found; and the horror of all was aroused by the suggestion that she might possibly have eloped with some giaour , and several of the slaves were sent to atone for their neglect with the forfeit of their lives.
"I promised the old infidel that he should have the real stuff, and I'll let him see that a giaour can keep his word."
It was obedience to his prophet, who bade him take advantage of the giaour -- quite a different thing!
Your good Moslem -- and a Moslem is good in those parts who makes a mountain of observances, regarding mole-hills of mere morals not at all -- affects to despise all giaours; but a giaour, like a gipsy, who has no obvious religion of any kind, he ranks below the pig in order of reverence.
It was obedience to his prophet, who bade him take advantage of the giaour -- quite
And now something happened which had hitherto been deemed incredible; the Sultan sued for peace, a true believer and a sovereign, from an unbelieving giaour.
I will strike this giaour of a Frenchman in his tenderest spot -- his heart!
Most of these qualities, I am aware, are found in many another pair of lambent, dreamy eyes half - hidden by the soft folds of a yashmak -- eyes which these houris often flash on some poor devil of a giaour, knowing how safe they are and how slim his chance for further acquaintance.
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