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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.

Etymologies

Alteration of obsolete gower, gour, from Turkish gâvur, from Persian gabr, infidel, Zoroastrian, from Arabic kāfir, infidel, from kafr, village, from Aramaic kaprā; see kpr2 in Semitic roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Turkish gavur, from Persian گور (gaur, "pagan, infidel"), a variant of گبر (gabr), probably from Arabic كافر (kāfir, "unbeliever"). (Wiktionary)

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