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  • noun A palace or other large official residence in Turkey or the Ottoman Empire.


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From Turkish konak ("inn").


  • The meat is usually boiled in the fireplace of the "konak". - Business News

  • The Albanian tradition of konak -- or hospitality -- means that Macedonian-Albanian homes frequently now sleep five to 10 Kosovars to a room.

    The Next Balkan Domino?

  • The town of Tantah is, for Egypt, a very modern place, on flat ground of course, containing the usual bazaars, mosques, barracks and pasha's residence or konak, with some substantial private buildings near the centre, from which the houses soon dwindle to the ordinary mud residence of the Fellah.

    Lippincott's Magazine, Vol. 22, September, 1878

  • The true semi-barbarian then comes to view; he becomes very ostentatious, and is disposed to act the fast man; a friend will always find him a lady, whom he invites to accompany him over to his _konak_, (private dwelling in Stamboul,) which she refuses; he urges her to play _faro_ or

    The Continental Monthly, Vol. 2, No. 2, August, 1862 Devoted to Literature and National Policy

  • The official at the konak, in order to make a good job of it, licked the stamp three times and licked off all the gum.

    High Albania

  • He therefore summoned the entire household of the dragoman, except him and myself, to the konak, to be examined.

    The Autobiography of a Journalist

  • As the affair went on with much detail of correspondence between the konak and the consulate for some weeks, it had attracted the general attention of our little public, and the final defeat of the pasha was a mortification to him which he made every effort to conceal.

    The Autobiography of a Journalist

  • The pasha declined my offer, and I forbade any one in the house to go to the konak for examination.

    The Autobiography of a Journalist

  • The sentinel could read neither, and sent them to the konak with a demand for instructions.

    The Autobiography of a Journalist

  • Our quarters are in the bala-khana of a small half-ruined konak outside the village, and shortly after retiring thither the khan's sprightly little retainer brings in tea and fried eggs, besides pomegranates and roses for myself.

    Around the World on a Bicycle - Volume II From Teheran To Yokohama


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