from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • A country of west-central Asia south of Russia and northeast of the Caspian Sea. The original Turkic inhabitants were overrun by the Mongols in the 1200s and ruled by various khanates until the Russian conquest of 1730 to 1863. The region was incorporated into the USSR in 1920 and was named the Kazakh Soviet Socialist Republic from 1936 to 1991, when it gained its independence. Astana is the capital, and Almaty is the largest city.

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  • proper noun A country in Central Asia. Official name: Republic of Kazakhstan (Qazaqstan Respublikasy).

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  • noun a landlocked republic to the south of Russia and to the northeast of the Caspian Sea; the original Turkic-speaking inhabitants were overrun by Mongols in the 13th century; an Asian soviet from 1936 to 1991


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From Kazakh қазақ (qazaq, "Kazakh") + Persian ستان (stān, "-stan")


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