Definitions

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

  • n. Islam A nonbeliever; an infidel.

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  • 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

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

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.

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From Turkish gavur, from Persian گور (gaur, "pagan, infidel"), a variant of گبر (gabr), probably from Arabic كافر (kāfir, "unbeliever").

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