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A caique on the BosphorusThis is a list of words that have entered into the English language from the Turkic languages. Many of them came via traders and soldiers from and in the Ottoman Empire. There are some Turkic words as well, most of them entered English via the Russian language.

Languages of Turkic peoples left numerous traces in different languages, including the English language. Turkic borrowings, which belong to the social and political vocabulary, are generally used in special literature and in the historical and ethnographical works, which relate to the life of Turkic and Muslim peoples. The ethnographical words are generally used in the scientific literature, and in the historical and ethnographical texts.

The adoption of Indian words, among which there were some Turkic borrowings, became one of the ways for the words of the Turkic origin to penetrate English. Additionally, several words of Turkic origin penetrated English through East European languages like Russian and Polish. German, Latin, Spanish, Italian, French, Hungarian and Serbo-Croatian were also intermediary languages for the Turkic words to penetrate English, as well as containing numerous Turkic loanwords themselves (e.g. Serbo-Croatian contains around 5,000 Turkic loanwords, primarily from Turkish [1]).

In the nineteenth century, Turkic loanwords, generally of Turkish origin, began to penetrate not only through the writings of the travelers, diplomats and merchants, and through the ethnographical and historical works, but also through the press. In 1847, there were two English-language newspapers in IstanbulThe Levant Herald and The Levant Times, seven newspapers in French, one in German and 37 in Turkish. Turkish contributed the largest share of the Turkic loans, which penetrated into the English directly. This can be explained by the fact that Turkey had the most intensive and wide connections with England. Nevertheless, there are many Turkic loans in English, which were borrowed by its contacts with other peoples – Azerbaijanis, Tatars, Uzbeks, Kazakhs and Kirghiz.

A Janissary aghaMost of the Turkic loans in English carry exotic or ethnographical connotations. They do not have equivalents in English, do not have synonymic relations with primordial words, and generally are used to describe the fauna, flora, life customs, political and social life, and an administrative-territorial structure of Turkic regions. But there are many Turkic loans, which are still part of the frequently used vocabulary. Some Turkic loans have acquired new meanings, unrelated to their etymology.

To conclude, the words of the Turkic origin began penetrating English as early as the Middle Ages, the Turkic loanwords found their way into English through other languages, most frequently through French. Since the 16c, beginning from the time of the establishment of the direct contacts between England and Turkey, and Russia, in English appeared new direct borrowings from Turkic languages. German, Polish, Russian, Serbo-Croatian, French, Arabic, Armenian, Afrikaans, Hungarian, Yiddish, Indian, Spanish, Italian, Latin, Malayan, to a different extent, took part in the process of the transfer of the Turkic words into English. The main language from which the borrowings were made, was Turkish.


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A

Afshar
from Turkic Afshar, "a Turkic tribe living majorly in Kerman province of Iran". A Shiraz rug of coarse weave. [2][3][4]
Aga or Agha
from Turkish ağa, a title of rank, especially in Turkey. [5][6]
Aga Khan
from Turkic agha and khan, the divinely ordained head of the Ismaili branch of Shiism. [7]
Airan
from Turkish ayran [8][9][10]
Akbash
from Turkish akbaş, literally "a whitehead" [11]
Akche
from Turkish akçe, also asper, an Ottoman monetary unit consisted of small silver coins. [12][13]
Akhissar
from Turkish Akhisar, a town in Manisa, Turkey near İzmir. A kind of heavy modern carpet made at Akhisar, Turkey. [14]
Altai
from Altay Mountains, range in Central Asia, which is from Turkic-Mongolian altan, meaning "golden". 1. An Asiatic breed of small shaggy sturdy horses. 2. An animal of the Altai breed. [15][16]
Altilik
from Turkish altılık. A coin, originally of silver and equivalent to 6 piasters, formerly used in Turkey [17]
Araba
from Russian arba, which is from Turkish araba. A carriage used in Turkey and neighboring countries. [18]
Arnaut
from Turkish arnavut, "an Albanian". An inhabitant of Albania and neighboring mountainous regions, especially an Albanian serving in the Turkish army. [19]
Astrakhan
from Astrakhan, Russia, which is from Tatar or Kazakh hadžitarkhan. Karakul of Russian origin or a cloth with a pile resembling karakul. [20][21]
Atabeg
from Turkic atabeg, from ata, "a father" + beg "a prince". [22][23]
Atabek
from Turkic, an alternative form of Atabeg.
Ataghan
from Turkish yatağan, an alternative form of Yataghan. [24]
Ataman
from Russian, from South Turkic ataman, "leader of an armed band" : ata, "father" + -man, augmentative suffix. [25]
Aul
from Russian, from Kazan Tatar & Kirghiz. [26]

B

Bahadur
from Hindi bahādur "brave, brave person", from Persian, probably from Mongolian, cf. Classical Mongolian baγatur, which is from Turkic, perhaps originally a Turkic personal name. [27]
Bairam
from Turkish bayram, literally "a festival" [28][29]
Pieces of baklavaBaklava
from Turkish baklava [30]
Balaclava
from Balaklava, village in the Crimea, which is from Turkish balıklava. A hoodlike knitted cap covering the head, neck, and part of the shoulders and worn especially by soldiers and mountaineers. [31][32]
Balalaika
from Russian balalaika, of Turkic origin. [33][34]
Balkan
from Turkish balkan "a mountain chain", relating to the states of the Balkan Peninsula, or their peoples, languages, or cultures. [35]
Bamia
from Turkish bamya. [36]
Ban
from Romanian, from Serbo-Croatian ban, "lord", which is from Turkic bayan, "very rich person" : bay, "rich" + -an, intensive suff. [37]
Barbotte
from Canadian French barbotte, which is from Turkish barbut. A dice game [38]
Barkhan
from Russian, which is from Kirghiz barkhan. A moving sand dune shaped like a crescent and found in several very dry regions of the world [39]
Bashaw
from Turkish başa, a variant of pasha [40]
Bashi-bazouk
from Turkish başıbozuk [41]
Bashlyk
from Turkish başlık, "a hood", from baş, "a head" [42]
Batman
from Turkish batman. Any of various old Persian or Turkish units of weight [43]
Beetewk
from Russian bityug, bityuk, which is from Turkic bitük, akin to Chagatai bitü, Uzbek bitäü. A Russian breed of heavy draft horses. [44][45]
Beg
from Turkic beg, an alternative form of bey [46]
Beglerbeg
from Turkish beylerbeyi, a variant of beylerbey [47]
Begum
from Hindi & Urdu begam, which is from East Turkic begüm [48]
Behcet
from the name of Turkish scientist Hulusi Behçet, a multisystem, chronic recurrent disease. [49]
Bektashi
from Turkish bektaşi [50]
Bergamot
from French bergamote, from Italian bergamotta, ultimately from Turkish bey armudu, literally, "the bey's pear" [51]
Bey
from Turkish bey [52]
Beylerbey
from Turkish beylerbeyi [53]
Beylik
from Turkish beylik [54][55][56]
Binbashi
from Turkish binbaşı, "chief of a thousand", bin "thousand" + bash "head". (Mil.) A major in the Turkish army. [57]
Bogatyr
from Russian bogatyr "hero, athlete, warrior", from Old Russian bogatyri, of Turkic origin; akin to Turkish batur "brave" [58]
Borunduk
from Russian burunduk, which is from Mari uromdok or from Turkic burunduk. A Siberian ground squirrel. [59][60][61]
Bosh
from Turkish boş, which means "nonsense, empty" [62] (Bosh on wiktionary)
Bostanji
from Turkish bostancı, literally "a gardener" [63]
Bouzouki
from modern Greek mpouzoúki, which is from Turkish bozuk "broken, ruined, depraved" or büzük "constricted, puckered". [64]
Boyar
from Russian boyarin, from Old Russian boljarin, from Turkic baylar, plural of bay, "rich"; akin to Turkish bay, "rich, gentleman". [65]
Bridge game
the word came into English from the Russian word, biritch, which in turn originates from a Turkic word for "bugler" (in modern Turkish: borucu, borazancı) or might have come from a Turkish term bir, üç, or "one, three" [66]
Bugger
from Middle English bougre, "heretic", from Old French boulgre, from Medieval Latin Bulgarus, from Greek Boulgaros, ultimately from Turkic bulghar, "of mixed origin, promiscuous", from bulgamaq, "to mix". [67][68]
Bulgar
from Bolgar, Bolghar, former kingdom on the Volga river around Kazan. A Russian leather originally from Bolgar. [69][68]
Bulgur
from Turkish bulgur, which means "pounded wheat" [70]
Buran
from Russian buran, of Turkic origin, probably from Tatar buran [71][72]
Burka
from Russian, probably from buryi "dark brown (of a horse)", probably of Turkic origin; akin to Turkish bur "red like a fox"; the Turkic word probably from Persian bor "reddish brown"; akin to Sanskrit babhru "reddish brown". [73]

C

Cafeneh
from Turkish kahvane, kahvehane "a coffee shop, café", from kahve "coffee" + hane "house" [74][75]
Caïque
from Turkish kayık [76]
Caiquejee
alteration (influenced by caique) of earlier caikjee, from Turkish kayıkçı, "a boatman" [77]
Dervishes wearing calpacksCalpack
from Turkish kalpak [78]
Caracal
from Turkish karakulak, which means "black ear" [79]
Caraco
from French, perhaps from Turkish kerrake "alpaca coat". A woman's short coat or jacket usually about waist length. [80]
Caracul
from Uzbek karakul, an alteration of karakul [81]
Caragana
from New Latin, of Turkic origin; akin to Kirghiz karaghan "Siberian pea tree". [82]
Caramoussal
from Turkish karamürsel, karamusal, perhaps from kara "black" + mürsel "envoy, apostle" [83]
Casaba
from a town called Kasaba (now Turgutlu) in Turkey [84]
Cassock
from Middle French casaque "long coat", probably ultimately from Turkic quzzak "nomad, adventurer" (the source of Cossack), an allusion to their typical riding coat. Or perhaps from Arabic kazagand, from Persian kazhagand "padded coat". [85]
Cathay
Cathay "China", from Medieval Latin Cataya, "Kitai", of Turkic origin; akin to Kazan Tatar Kytai "China", Old Turkic Qytan "Khitan" [86][87]
Cham
from French, which is from Turkish khan, "lord, prince" [88]
Chekmak
from Turkish, a Turkish fabric of silk and cotton, with gold thread interwoven. [89]
Chiaus
from Turkish çavuş. [90]
Chibouk
from Turkish çubuk. [91]
Choga
from Sindhi, of Altaic origin; akin to Turkish çuha "cloth". A long-sleeved long-skirted cloak for men worn mainly in India and Pakistan. [92]
Chouse
perhaps from Turkish çavuş "a doorkeeper, messenger" [93]
Cluck
from Turkish çulluk, one of the words for turkey. [94]
Corsac
from Russian korsak, from Kirghiz karsak, "a small yellowish brown bushy-tailed fox" [95]
Cosaque
from French, literally, "Cossack", from Russian kazak & Ukrainian kozak, which is from Turkic kazak. A cracker. [96]
Cossack
from Turkic quzzaq which means "adventurer, guerilla, nomad" [97] (Cossack on wiktionary)

D

Desemer
from German, from Low German, alteration of Middle Low German bisemer, besemer, of Baltic origin; akin to Lithuanian bezmnas, of Slavic origin; akin to Old Russian bezmenu "desemer, small weight", Polish bezmian, przezmian "balance without pans", perhaps of Turkic origin; akin to Turkish batman "small weight". An ancient balance. [98]
Registration of boys for the devshirmehDevshirmeh
from Turkish devşirme, which means "gathering" [99][100]
Dey
from Turkish dayı, literally "a maternal uncle" [101]
Dolma
from Turkish dolma, which means "filled" or "stuffed" [102]
Dolman
ultimately from Turkish dolaman, a robe, from dolamak "to wind" [103][104]
Domra
from Kazakh dombra, a musical instrument [105][106]
Doner kebab
(Canadian: donair) from Turkish döner kebap [107][108]
Donmeh
from Turkish dönme, which literally means "a convert" [109][110]
Donum
from Turkish dönüm, an alternative form of dunam [111][112]
Doodle
from German dudeln "to play (the bagpipe)", from dudel "a bagpipe", from Czech or Polish dudy "a bagpipe", from Turkish düdük "a flute". [113]
Dunam
from Turkish dönüm, from dönmek "go round" [114][115]

E

Elchee or elchi
from Turkish elçi, which means "an ambassador". [116]
Eleme figs
from Turkish eleme "selected, sifted". Smyrna figs of superior quality packed flat. [117]

G

Galiongee
from Turkish kalyonçi, kalyoncu, "a Turkish sailor", from kalyon, Italian galeone + çi or cu, the Turkish suffix. [118]
Ganch
modification of Turkish kancalamak "to put on a hook", from Turkish kanca "large hook", modification of Greek gampsos "curved" + Turkish suffix -lamak. [119]
Ghiordes
from Turkish Gördes, a town in Manisa, Turkey. An Anatolian rug characterized by fine knotting, mellow colors, a wool pile, and a cotton web; especially : a fine prayer rug of the 17th and 18th centuries. [120]
Gilet
from French, from Spanish gileco, jaleco, chaleco, from Arabic jalikah, "a garment worn by slaves in Algeria", from Turkish yelek "waistcoat, vest" [121]

H

Haremlik
from Turkish haremlik, from harem (from Arabic harim & Arabic haram) + the Turkish suffix -lik "a place" [122]
Horde
from Turkic ordu or orda ("khan's residence") [123][124] (Horde on wiktionary)
Hun
from Medieval Latin Hunni, apparently ultimately from Turkic Hun-yü, the name of a tribe. [125]

I

Imam bayildi
from Turkish imambayıldı, "the imam fainted", an eggplant dish prepared with olive oil. [126]
Imbat
from Turkish imbat, a cooling etesian wind in the Levant (as in Cyprus). [127]

J

Janissary
from Turkish yeniçeri, which means "a new soldier" [128] (janissary on wiktionary)
Jelick
from Turkish yelek, the bodice or vest of a Turkish woman's dress. [129]
Jettru
from Turkic, a union of seven Turkic peoples of Central Asia formed at the end of the 17th or beginning of the 18th century under one khan. [130]

K

Kaftan
from Turkish kaftan (also in Persian) [131]
Kaique
from Turkish kayık, an alternative form of caïque. [132]
Kangal
from Turkish kangal or sivas kangal köpeği [133][134]
Karabagh
from Azeri Karabagh, a region in Azerbaijan. A small Caucasian rug. [135]
Karabash
from Turkish karabaş, literally "a blackhead" [136][137]
Karadagh
from Azeri Karadagh, a mountain range in Azerbaijan province, northwestern Iran. a Persian rug having a bold design and rich coloring. [138]
Karagane
from Russian karagan, which is from Turkic karagan. A species of gray fox found in Russia. [139][140]
Karakul
from Uzbek karakul, literally a village in Uzbekistan [141]
Karakurt
from Russian, of Turkic origin, karakurt, "a venomous spider". [142]
Kasseri
from New Greek kaseri, from Turkish kaşer, kaşar [143]
Kavass
from Turkish kavas [144][145]
Kazak
from Kazak, a town in Azerbaijan, an Oriental rug in bold colors with geometric designs or stylized plant and animal forms. [146]
Kefir
from Russian, probably ultimately from Old Turkic köpür, "milk, froth, foam", from köpürmäk, "to froth, foam". [147][148]
Kelek
from Turkish kelek, a raft or float supported on inflated animal skins. [149]
Kendyr
from Russian kendyr, from Turkish kendir. A strong bast fiber that resembles Indian hemp and is used in Asia as cordage and as a substitute for cotton and hemp. [150][151]
Ketch
probably from Middle English cacchen "to capture", or perhaps from Turkish kayık "a boat, skiff". [152][153]
Khagan
from Turkic kaghan, an alternative form of khan [154]
Khan
from Turkic khan, akin to Turkish han (title meaning "ruler") [155]
Khanum
from Turkic khanum, akin to Turkish hanım, "a female derivation of Khan" [156]
Khatun
from Turkic khatūn, perhaps from Old Turkic or from Sogdian kwat'yn, "a queen" [157][158]
Kibitka
from Russian, of Turkic origin; akin to Kazan Tatar kibit "booth, stall, tent", Uyghur käbit. [159]
Kibosh
looks Yiddish, but origin in early 19c. English slang seems to argue against this. One candidate is Irish caip bháis, caipín báis "cap of death". Or it may somehow be connected with Turkish bosh. [160]
Kielbasa
from Polish kiełbasa, from East and West Slavic *kŭlbasa, from East Turkic kül bassï, "grilled cutlet", from Turkic kül bastï : kül, "coals, ashes" + bastï, "pressed (meat)" (from basmaq, to press) [161]
Kilij
from Turkish kılıç, a Turkish saber with a crescent-shaped blade. [162]
Kipchak
from Russian, which is from Chagatai. 1. One of the ancient Turkic peoples of the Golden Horde related to the Uyghurs and Kyrgyz. 2. The Turkic language of the Kipchaks. [163]
Kis Kilim
from Turkish kızkilim, a kind of carpet. [164]
Kizilbash
from Turkish kızılbaş, literally "a red head" [165][166]
Knish
from Yiddish, from Ukrainian knysh, probably of Turkic origin. [167]
Kok-saghyz
from Russian kok-sagyz, from Turkic kök-sagız, from kök "root" + sagız "rubber, gum" [168]
Komitadji
from Turkish komitacı, a rebel, member of a secret revolutionary society. [169]
A konak in Safranbolu, KarabükKonak
from Turkish konak, a large house in Turkey. [170]
Krym-saghyz
from Russian krym-sagyz, of Turkic origin, from Krym "Crimea" [171], + sagız "rubber, gum". [172]
Kulah
from Turkish Kula, a town in western Turkey. A Turkish rug that is often a prayer rug and that uses the Ghiordes knot. [173]
Kulak
from Russian kulak "a fist", of Turkic origin; akin to Turkish kol "arm". [174][175]
Kulan
from Kirghiz kulan, "the wild ass of the Kirghiz steppe". [176]
Kumiss
from Turkic kumyz or kumis [177] (kumiss on wiktionary)
Kurbash
from Turkish kırbaç [178][179]
Kurgan
from Russian, of Turkic origin; akin to Turkish kurgan "fortress, castle" [180]
Kurus
from Turkish kuruş, a Turkish piaster equal to 1/100 lira. [181]

L

Lackey
from French laquais, from Spanish lacayo, ultimately from Turkish ulak, which means "runner" or "courier". [182]
Ladik
from Turkish Ladik, a village in Turkey. A rug of fine texture woven in and near Ladik in central Anatolia. [183]
Latten
from Middle English latoun, laton, from Middle French laton, leton, from Old Provençal, from Arabic latun, of Turkic origin; akin to Turkish altın "gold" [184]
Lavash
from Armenian, which is from Turkish lavash. [185]
Lokshen
from Yiddish, plural of loksh "noodle", from Russian dial. loksha, of Turkic origin; akin to Uyghur & Kazan Tatar lakca "noodles", Chuvash läskä. [186]

M

Mammoth
from Russian mamot, mamont, mamant, perhaps from a Yakut word derived from Yakut mamma "earth"; from the belief that the mammoths burrowed in the earth like moles. [187]
Martagon
from Middle English, from Old French, from Old Spanish, from Ottoman Turkish martagan, "a kind of turban". [188]

N

Nagaika
from Russian, of Turkic origin; akin to Kirghiz nogai [189]

O

Oda
from Turkish oda, literally "a room, chamber". A room in a harem. [190]
Odalisque
from French, which is from Turkish odalık, from oda, "a room" [191]
Oghuz or Ghuz
from Turkic oghuz. A descendant of certain early Turkic invaders of Persia. [192]
Osmanli
from Turkish osmanlı, from Osman, founder of the Ottoman Empire + "of or pertaining to" [193]
Ottoman
from French, adjective & noun, probably from Italian ottomano, from Turkish osmani, from Osman, Othman died 1326, founder of the Ottoman Empire [194]

P

Paklava
modification of Turkish baklava [195]
Parandja
from Uzbek, a heavy black horsehair veil worn by women of Central Asia. [196]
Pasha
from Turkish paşa, earlier basha, from bash "head, chief" which equates to "Sir" [197][198]
Pashalic
from Turkish paşalık, "title or rank of pasha", from paşa: the jurisdiction of a pasha or the territory governed by him [199][200]
Pastrami
from Yiddish pastrame, from Romanian pastrama, ultimately from Turkish pastırma [201]
Petcheneg
from Russian pecheneg, which is from Turkic. Member of a Turkic people invading the South Russian, Danubian, and Moldavian steppes during the early Middle Ages. [202][203]
Pirogi
from Yiddish, from Russian, plural of pirog (pie), perhaps borrowed from Kazan Tatar, (cf. Turk. borek) [204]
Pul
from Persian pul, which is from Turkish pul. A unit of value of Afghanistan equal to 1/100 afghani. [205]

Q

Qajar or Kajar
from Persian Qajar, of Turkish origin. A people of northern Iran holding political supremacy through the dynasty ruling Persia from 1794 to 1925. [206]
Quiver
from Anglo-French quiveir, from Old French quivre, probably ultimately from the Hunnic language.[207]

R

Rumelian
from Turkish rumeli, of, relating to, or characteristic of Rumelia [208]

S

Sabot
from Old French çabot, alteration of savate "old shoe", probably of Turkish or Arabic origin. [209]
Saic
from French saïque, from Turkish shaika. [210]
Saiga
from Russian saĭgá(k), from Turkic; cf. Chagatai sayğak [211][212]
Saker
through Old French from Arabic saqr, probably from Turkic sonqur, which means "a falcon". [213]
Samiel
from Turkish samyeli, sam, "poisonous" + yel, "wind". [214]
Sanjak
from Turkish sancak, which means "a banner" [215][216]
Sarma, a kind of dolma, is a classic of Turkish cuisineSarma
from Turkish sarma, which means "wrapping" [217][218]
Saxaul
from Russian saksaul, which is from Kazakh seksevil. A leafless xerophytic shrub or tree of the family Chenopodiaceae of Asia that has green or greenish branches and is used for stabilization of desert soils. [219][220]
Selamlik
from Turkish Selamlık. [221]
Seljuk
from Turkish Selçuk, "eponymous ancestor of the dynasties". Of or relating to any of several Turkic dynasties that ruled over a great part of western Asia in the 11th, 12th, and 13th centuries. [222]
Seraskier
from Turkish serasker, from Persian ser "head, chief" + Arabic asker "an army". [223]
Sevruga
through Russian sevryuga ultimately from Tatar söirök. [224]
Shabrack
from French schabraque, from German schabracke, from Hungarian csáprág, from Turkish çaprak [225]
Shagreen
from Turkish sağrı, which means "the back of a horse" [226]
Shashlik
from Crimean Tatar şışlık, which means "shish kebab" [227]
Shawarma
ultimately from Turkish çevirme, which literally means "turning" [228]
Shish
from Turkish şiş, which literally means "a skewer" [229][230]
Shish kebab
from Turkish şiş kebabı [231]
Shor
from Russian, of Altaic origin; akin to Kalmyk & Mongolian sor "salt", Turkish sure "brackish soil". A salt lake in Turkestan, a salina. [232]
Som
from Kirghiz, "crude iron casting, ruble" [233]

T

Taiga
from Russian taiga, of Turkic origin; akin to Teleut taiga "rocky, mountainous terrain", Turkish dağ "mountain"; Mongolian origin is also possible. [234][235]
Taramasalata
from modern Greek taramas "preserved roe", from Turkish tarama "preparation of soft roe or red caviar" + salata "salad". [236]
Taranchi
from Chagatai Taranci, literally "a farmer". [237]
Tarantass
from Russian tarantas, which is from Kazan Tatar tarıntas. [238]
Tarbagan
from Russian, which is from Teleut. A pale or reddish gregarious bobac inhabiting the grassy steppes of Central Asia. [239]
Tarbush
from Arabic tarbūsh, from Ottoman Turkish terposh, probably from Persian sarposh "headdress" (equivalent to sar "head" + pūsh "covering"), by association with Turkish ter "sweat". A tasseled cap of cloth or felt, usually red, that is worn by Muslim men either by itself or as the inner part of the turban. [240]
Tarkhan
from Old Turkic tarkan, a privileged class. [241]
Tarpan
from Russian, which is from Kirghiz or Kazakh tarpan. [242][243]
Tartar
from Persian Tatar, of Turkic origin. A ferocious or violent person. [244]
Tau-saghyz
from Russian tau-sagyz, from Turkic tau-sagız, from tau "mountain" + sagız "gum, rubber". [245]
Tavla
from Turkish tavla, a version of the board game backgammon. [246]
Tekke
from Turkish tekke, a dervish monastery. [247]
Tenge
from Kazakh teŋge "coin, ruble". [248]
Tepe
from Turkish tepe, literally "a hill, summit". An artificial mound. [249][250][251]
Terek
from Terek, river of southeast Russia, which is from Balkar Terk. A sandpiper of the Old World breeding in the far north of eastern Europe and Asia and migrating to southern Africa and Australia and frequenting rivers. [252][253]
Theorbo
from Italian tiorba, which is from Turkish torba "a bag". [254][255]
Toman
from Persian تومان, which is from Turkic tümen, "a unit of ten thousand". [256]
Tovarich
from Russian tovarishch, from Old Russian tovarishch, sing. of tovarishchi, "business associates", which is from Old Turkic tavar ishchi, "businessman, merchant" : tavar, "wealth, trade" + ishchi, "one who works" (from ish, "work, business"). [257]
Tughra of Suleiman the MagnificentTughra
from Turkish tuğra, an elaborate monogram formed of the Sultan's name and titles. [258][259]
Tungus
from Russian, from East Turkic tunguz, "wild pig, boar", from Old Turkic tonguz. [260]
Turk
from Turkish türk, which has several meanings in English. [261]
Turki
from Persian turki, from Turk, "Turk", from Turkish Türk. [262]
Turquoise
from Middle English Turkeys, from Anglo-French turkeise, from feminine of turkeis Turkish, from Turc Turkish. [263]
Tuzla
from Turkish tuzla, from the name of Lake Tuz in Turkey. A central Anatolian rug. [264]
Tzatziki
from modern Greek tsatsiki, which is from Turkish cacık. [265]

U

Ugrian
from Old Russian Ugre, which means "Hungarians", of Turkic origin. [266]
Polish uhlansUhlan
from Turkish oğlan "a boy, servant". [267]
Urdu
from Hindustani Urdu "camp", which is from Turkic ordu (source of horde). [268]
Urman
from Russian, which is from Kazan Tatar urman, "a forest", synonymous with taiga. [269]
Ushak
from Ushak, Turkish Uşak, manufacturing town of western Turkey. A heavy woolen oriental rug tied in Ghiordes knots and characterized by bright primary colors and an elaborate medallion pattern. [270]

V

Vampire
from French vampire or German Vampir, from Hungarian vámpír, from O.C.S. opiri (cf. Serb. vampir, Bulg. văpir, Ukr. uper, Pol. upior), said by Slavic linguist Franc Miklošič to be ultimately from Kazan Tatar ubyr "witch". [271]

Y

Yaourt
from Turkish yoğurt, a fermented drink, or milk beer, made by the Turks. [272]
Yardang
from Turkic yardang, ablative of yar "steep bank, precipice". [273][274]
Yarmulka
of Turkic origin; akin to Turkish yağmurluk which means "rainwear". [275]
Yashmak or yashmac
from Turkish yaşmak. [276]
Yataghan
from Turkish yatağan. [277]
Cacık, a Turkish cold soup yoghurt varietyYoghurt
from Turkish yoğurt. [278] (yoghurt on wiktionary)
Yurt
from Turkic yurt, which means "a dwelling place". [279]
Yuruk
from Turkish yürük, "a nomad". 1. One of a nomadic shepherd people of the mountains of southeastern Anatolia. 2. A Turkish rug from the Konya and Karaman regions, southeastern Anatolia. [280]

Z

Zill
from Turkish zil "bell, cymbals", of onomatopoeic origin. [281][282]

See also

External links

References

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  3. ^ TDK Online - Afşar
  4. ^ Parvis Tanavoli On Afshar Rugs
  5. ^ Online Etymology Dictionary - Aga
  6. ^ Encyclopaedia Britannica Online - Aga
  7. ^ Dictionary.com - Aga Khan
  8. ^ Answers.com - Ayran
  9. ^ Fao.org - Airan in Main Categories of Products
  10. ^ Merriam-Webster Online - Airan
  11. ^ Reference.com - Akbash Dog
  12. ^ Encyclopaedia Britannica Online - Akche
  13. ^ Economic Development in the Middle East - Akche
  14. ^ Merriam-Webster Unabridged - Akhissar
  15. ^ Merriam-Webster Unabridged - Altai
  16. ^ Encyclopaedia Britannica Online - Altai Mountains
  17. ^ Merriam-Webster Unabridged - Altilik
  18. ^ Merriam-Webster Unabridged - Araba
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  21. ^ Vasmer's Etymological Dictionary - Astrakhan
  22. ^ Merriam-Webster Online - Atabeg
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  25. ^ The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language - Ataman
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  27. ^ Dictionary.com - Bahadur
  28. ^ Merriam-Webster Online - Bairam
  29. ^ Allwords.com - Bairam
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  31. ^ Merriam-Webster Unabridged - Balaclava
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  33. ^ The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language - Balalaika
  34. ^ Encarta Online - Balalaika
  35. ^ Encarta Online - Balkan
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  37. ^ The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language - Ban
  38. ^ Merriam-Webster Unabridged - Barbotte
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  40. ^ Merriam-Webster Online - Bashaw
  41. ^ Encyclopaedia Britannica Online - Bashi-bazouk
  42. ^ Merriam-Webster Online - Bashlyk
  43. ^ Merriam-Webster Unabridged - Batman
  44. ^ Merriam-Webster Unabridged - Beetewk
  45. ^ Vasmer's Etymological Dictionary - Bityug
  46. ^ Reference.com - Beg
  47. ^ Merriam-Webster Online - Beylerbey
  48. ^ The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language - Begum
  49. ^ Dictionary.com - Behcet
  50. ^ Encyclopaedia Britannica Online - Bektashi
  51. ^ Merriam-Webster Online - Bergamot
  52. ^ Merriam-Webster Online - Bey
  53. ^ Merriam-Webster Online - Beylerbey
  54. ^ Encyclopaedia Britannica Online - Ottoman art
  55. ^ Answers.com - Beylik
  56. ^ Merriam-Webster Online - Beylic
  57. ^ Dictionary.com - Binbashi
  58. ^ Merriam-Webster Unabridged - Bogatyr
  59. ^ Merriam-Webster Unabridged - Borunduk
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  62. ^ Merriam-Webster Online - Bosh
  63. ^ Merriam-Webster Unabridged - Bostanji
  64. ^ Dictionary.com - Bouzouki
  65. ^ The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language - Boyar
  66. ^ Online Etymology Dictionary - Biritch
  67. ^ The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language - Bugger
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  71. ^ The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language - Buran
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  73. ^ Merriam-Webster Unabridged - Burka
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  77. ^ Merriam-Webster Unabridged - Caiquejee
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  81. ^ Merriam-Webster Online - Caracul
  82. ^ Merriam-Webster Unabridged - Caragana
  83. ^ Merriam-Webster Unabridged - Caramoussal
  84. ^ Merriam-Webster Online - Casaba
  85. ^ Online Etymology Dictionary - Cassock
  86. ^ Merriam-Webster Unabridged - Cathay
  87. ^ Online Etymology Dictionary - Cathay
  88. ^ The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language - Cham
  89. ^ Dictionary.com - Chekmak
  90. ^ Merriam-Webster Online - Chiaus
  91. ^ Merriam-Webster Online - Chibouk
  92. ^ Merriam-Webster Unabridged - Choga
  93. ^ Merriam-Webster Online - Chouse
  94. ^ Online Etymology Dictionary - Cluck
  95. ^ Merriam-Webster Unabridged - Corsac
  96. ^ Merriam-Webster Unabridged - Cosaque
  97. ^ Online Etymology Dictionary - Cossack
  98. ^ Merriam-Webster Unabridged - Desemer
  99. ^ Lexicorient.com - Devsirme
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  102. ^ Merriam-Webster Online - Dolma
  103. ^ Merriam-Webster Online - Dolman
  104. ^ The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language - Dolman
  105. ^ Merriam-Webster Online - Domra
  106. ^ Encyclopaedia Britannica Online - Domra
  107. ^ The Oxford Essential Dictionary of Foreign Terms in English - Doner kebab
  108. ^ Wiktionary.org - Doner kebab
  109. ^ Merriam-Webster Online - Donmeh
  110. ^ Encyclopaedia Britannica Online - Donme
  111. ^ Merriam-Webster Online - Donum
  112. ^ Proz.com - Donum
  113. ^ Antlion Pit - Doodle
  114. ^ Merriam-Webster Online - Dunam
  115. ^ Wiktionary.org - Dunam
  116. ^ ABSP - Turkish words - Elchee
  117. ^ Merriam-Webster Unabridged - Eleme figs
  118. ^ Merriam-Webster Unabridged - Galiongee
  119. ^ Merriam-Webster Unabridged - Ganch
  120. ^ Merriam-Webster Unabridged - Ghiordes
  121. ^ Merriam-Webster Unabridged - Gilet
  122. ^ Merriam-Webster Unabridged - Haremlik
  123. ^ Merriam-Webster Online - Horde
  124. ^ Online Etymology Dictionary - Horde
  125. ^ Online Etymology Dictionary - Hun
  126. ^ The Oxford Essential Dictionary of Foreign Terms in English - Imam bayildi
  127. ^ Merriam-Webster Unabridged - Imbat
  128. ^ Merriam-Webster Online - Janissary
  129. ^ Merriam-Webster Unabridged - Jelick
  130. ^ Merriam-Webster Unabridged - Jettru
  131. ^ Online Etymology Dictionary - Caftan
  132. ^ Dictionary.com - Kaique
  133. ^ PetPlanet.com - Kangal
  134. ^ Reference.com - Kangal
  135. ^ Merriam-Webster Unabridged - Karabagh
  136. ^ PetPlanet.com - Karabash
  137. ^ Reference.com - Karabash
  138. ^ Merriam-Webster Unabridged - Karadagh
  139. ^ Dictionary.com - Karagane
  140. ^ Vasmer's Etymological Dictionary - Karagan
  141. ^ Merriam-Webster Online - Karakul
  142. ^ Merriam-Webster Unabridged - Karakurt
  143. ^ Merriam-Webster Unabridged - Kasseri
  144. ^ Merriam-Webster Online - Kavass
  145. ^ Dictionary.com - Kavass
  146. ^ Merriam-Webster Online - Kazak
  147. ^ The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language - Kefir
  148. ^ Encarta Online - Kefir
  149. ^ Dictionary.com - Kelek
  150. ^ Merriam-Webster Unabridged - Kendyr
  151. ^ Vasmer's Etymological Dictionary - Kendyr
  152. ^ Online Etymology Dictionary - Ketch
  153. ^ The Concise Dictionary of English Etymology - Ketch
  154. ^ Merriam-Webster Online - Khagan
  155. ^ Merriam-Webster Online - Khan
  156. ^ Merriam-Webster Online - Khanum
  157. ^ Merriam-Webster Online - Khatun
  158. ^ Highbeam.com - Khatun
  159. ^ Merriam-Webster Unabridged - Kibitka
  160. ^ Online Etymology Dictionary - Kibosh
  161. ^ The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language - Kielbasa
  162. ^ Dictionary.com - Kilij
  163. ^ Merriam-Webster Unabridged - Kipchak
  164. ^ Merriam-Webster Unabridged - Kis Kilim
  165. ^ Merriam-Webster Online - Kizilbash
  166. ^ Encyclopaedia Britannica Online - Kizilbash
  167. ^ The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language - Knish
  168. ^ Merriam-Webster Unabridged - Kok-saghyz
  169. ^ Merriam-Webster Unabridged - Komitadji
  170. ^ Merriam-Webster Unabridged - Konak
  171. ^ Vasmer's Etymological Dictionary - Krym
  172. ^ Merriam-Webster Unabridged - Krym-saghyz
  173. ^ Merriam-Webster Unabridged - Kulah
  174. ^ Merriam-Webster Unabridged - Kulak
  175. ^ Vasmer's Etymological Dictionary - Kulak
  176. ^ Merriam-Webster Unabridged - Kulan
  177. ^ Merriam-Webster Online - Kumiss
  178. ^ Merriam-Webster Unabridged - Kurbash
  179. ^ Dictionary.com - Kurbash
  180. ^ Merriam-Webster Online - Kurgan
  181. ^ Merriam-Webster Unabridged - Kurus
  182. ^ Online Etymology Dictionary - Lackey
  183. ^ Merriam-Webster Unabridged - Ladik
  184. ^ Merriam-Webster Unabridged - Latten
  185. ^ The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language - Lavash
  186. ^ Merriam-Webster Unabridged - Lokshen
  187. ^ Merriam-Webster Unabridged - Mammoth
  188. ^ The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language - Martagon
  189. ^ Merriam-Webster Unabridged - Nagaika
  190. ^ Merriam-Webster Unabridged - Oda
  191. ^ Merriam-Webster Online - Odalisque
  192. ^ Merriam-Webster Unabridged - Ghuz
  193. ^ Merriam-Webster Online - Osmanli
  194. ^ Merriam-Webster Unabridged - Ottoman
  195. ^ Merriam-Webster Unabridged - Paklava
  196. ^ Merriam-Webster Unabridged - Parandja
  197. ^ Online Etymology Dictionary - Pasha
  198. ^ Merriam-Webster Online - Pasha
  199. ^ Merriam-Webster Online - Pashalic
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  201. ^ DEX Online - Pastrama
  202. ^ Merriam-Webster Unabridged - Petcheneg
  203. ^ Vasmer's Etymological Dictionary - Pechenegi
  204. ^ Online Etymology Dictionary - Pirog
  205. ^ Merriam-Webster Unabridged - Pul
  206. ^ Merriam-Webster Unabridged - Kajar
  207. ^ Online Etymology Dictionary - Quiver
  208. ^ Merriam-Webster Unabridged - Rumelian
  209. ^ The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language - Sabot
  210. ^ Dictionary.com - Saic
  211. ^ Dictionary.com - Saiga
  212. ^ The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language - Saiga
  213. ^ The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language - Saker
  214. ^ The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language - Samiel
  215. ^ Merriam-Webster Online - Sanjak
  216. ^ Encyclopaedia Britannica Online - Sanjak in Ottoman Bosnia
  217. ^ Answers.com - Sarma
  218. ^ Encyclopaedia Britannica Online - Sarma in Balkan cuisine
  219. ^ Merriam-Webster Unabridged - Saxaul
  220. ^ Vasmer's Etymological Dictionary - Saksaul
  221. ^ Dictionary.com - Selamlik
  222. ^ Merriam-Webster Unabridged - Seljuk
  223. ^ Dictionary.com - Seraskier
  224. ^ The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language - Sevruga
  225. ^ Merriam-Webster Unabridged - Shabrack
  226. ^ Merriam-Webster Online - Shagreen
  227. ^ Merriam-Webster Online - Shashlik
  228. ^ Arikah.net - Shawarma
  229. ^ Merriam-Webster Online - Shish
  230. ^ Online Etymology Dictionary - Shish
  231. ^ Merriam-Webster Online - Shish Kebab
  232. ^ Merriam-Webster Unabridged - Shor
  233. ^ Merriam-Webster Online - Som
  234. ^ Merriam-Webster Unabridged - Taiga
  235. ^ The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language - Taiga
  236. ^ Encarta Online - Taramasalata
  237. ^ Merriam-Webster Unabridged - Taranchi
  238. ^ Merriam-Webster Unabridged - Tarantass
  239. ^ Merriam-Webster Unabridged - Tarbagan
  240. ^ Dictionary.com - Tarbush
  241. ^ Merriam-Webster Unabridged - Tarkhan
  242. ^ Merriam-Webster Unabridged - Tarpan
  243. ^ Vasmer's Etymological Dictionary - Tarpan
  244. ^ The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language - Tatar/Tartar
  245. ^ Merriam-Webster Unabridged - Tau-saghyz
  246. ^ Wiktionary.org - Tavla
  247. ^ Merriam-Webster Unabridged - Tekke
  248. ^ Merriam-Webster Unabridged - Tenge
  249. ^ Merriam-Webster Unabridged - Tepe
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  251. ^ Starling.ru Turkic Etymology - Tepö
  252. ^ Merriam-Webster Unabridged - Terek
  253. ^ Vasmer's Etymological Dictionary - Terek
  254. ^ Merriam-Webster Unabridged - Theorbo
  255. ^ Encarta Online - Theorbo
  256. ^ The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language - Toman
  257. ^ The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language - Tovarich
  258. ^ Encyclopaedia Britannica Online - Ottoman Coins
  259. ^ Al-Damurdashi's Chronicle of Egypt - Tughra
  260. ^ The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language - Tungus
  261. ^ Merriam-Webster Online - Turk
  262. ^ The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language - Turki
  263. ^ Merriam-Webster Online - Turquoise
  264. ^ Merriam-Webster Unabridged - Tuzla
  265. ^ Encarta Online - Tzatziki
  266. ^ The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language - Ugrian
  267. ^ Merriam-Webster Online - Uhlan
  268. ^ Online Etymology Dictionary - Urdu
  269. ^ Merriam-Webster Unabridged - Urman
  270. ^ Merriam-Webster Unabridged - Ushak
  271. ^ Online Etymology Dictionary - Vampire
  272. ^ Dictionary.com - Yaourt
  273. ^ Merriam-Webster Unabridged - Yardang
  274. ^ Dictionary.com - Yardang
  275. ^ Merriam-Webster Online - Yarmulke
  276. ^ Merriam-Webster Online - Yashmak
  277. ^ Merriam-Webster Online - Yataghan
  278. ^ Merriam-Webster Online - Yoghurt
  279. ^ Merriam-Webster Online - Yurt
  280. ^ Merriam-Webster Unabridged - Yuruk
  281. ^ Merriam-Webster Unabridged - Zill
  282. ^ Dictionary.com - Zill

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