from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A subfamily of the Altaic language family that includes Turkish.
  • adj. Of or relating to Turkic or the peoples who speak Turkic.
  • adj. Turkish.

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  • proper n. The language family that includes Turkish, Tatar, Bashkir, Kazakh, Uzbek, Azeri, Kyrgyz, Uyghur, Tuvan, Altai, Shor, Karakalpak, Khakas, Chuvash and any of the other dozens of languages spoken by Turkic peoples. It may be a subfamily of an Altaic language family.
  • adj. Of or relating to this language group or the people who speak it.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Turkish.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Same as Turkish.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a subfamily of Altaic languages
  • adj. of or relating to the people who speak the Turkic language


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From Turk +‎ -ic.


  • The Uighurs, who speak a Turkic language, consider Xinjiang their homeland, although they now are a minority after years of Han Chinese migration to the area.

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  • China's draconian policies in Xinjiang stem in part from fears that the Uighurs, a Muslim ethnic group who speak a Turkic language, want to secede from China.

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  • Since you ask, the Uighurs actually speak a Turkic language, which means that they have even less to do with the Chinese than the Tibetans, who at least once probably spoke the same language a few thousands years ago, that is.

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  • Mongolian people and did not originally speak a Turkic language.

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  • The Ezheler are Muslims, and speak a Turkic language influenced by Russian and Farsi.

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  • Xinjiang -- a vast, arid but resource-rich region bordering Central Asia -- is home to more than eight million Uighurs, who speak a Turkic language and are mostly Muslims.

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  • The 4th Turkic World Cinema Days kicked off Monday in Istanbul with a variety of films from Turkey and other regions throughout Asia that speak a Turkic language.

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  • Restrictions on their right to practise Islam, and curbs on their culture - Uighurs speak a Turkic dialect which connects them linguistically with most central Asian countries - has provided ample motivation for extremists. - Telegraph online, Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph

  • And militant groups dominated by Turks and Central Asians, many of whom share Turkic culture and speak a Turkic language, have emerged as allies of and alternatives to Al Qaeda in northwestern Pakistan.


  • Besides the Tajiks, who are close to Iranians and constitute 80 percent of Tajikistan's population, the country is inhabited by Pamiris, who, like the Tajiks speak several languages related to Persian, and the Kyrgyz, who settled here in the 18th and 19th centuries and speak a Turkic language.

    IPS Inter Press Service


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