One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A member of an indigenous people of central Asia, living chiefly in Kyrgyzstan.
- ‘Here at the first round of the elections on 27 February a majority of voters chose ‘Against all candidates’, demonstrating the deep mistrust of ordinary Kyrgyz for all the ruling class factions.’
- ‘The ancient Kyrgyz were part of strong nomadic tribal unions, which proved to be a serious distress to China.’
- ‘There are approximately 2.5 million Kyrgyz living throughout the former Soviet Union, about 88 percent of them in Kyrgyzstan.’
- ‘In fact, the Kirghiz were one of the first groups of Afghan refugees to seek a haven in that country.’
- ‘To local Kyrgyz and Russians, the spectacle of beefy US soldiers opens a new perspective.’
- ‘And the interdependence of the Kirghiz and Wakhi has increased, alongside trade with the rest of Afghanistan.’
- ‘The Russian takeover instigated numerous revolts against tsarist authority, and many Kyrgyz opted to move into the Pamir mountains or to Afghanistan.’
- ‘The Kyrgyz protests have centered on the towns of Osh and Jalalabad in the south, where ethnic Kyrgyz, Uzbeks, and Tajiks have clashed in the past.’
2mass noun The Turkic language of the Kyrgyz, with approximately 2 million speakers.
- ‘Beginning in 1991, all material about the Republic has been entered into the electronic catalog in Kyrgyz and Russian.’
- ‘It is still commonly used as the language of business, and many ethnic Russians cannot speak Kyrgyz.’
- ‘There is also some international vocabulary which came into Kyrgyz mostly by way of Russian.’
- ‘There aren't many people outside Kyrgyzstan who speak Kyrgyz, but that's immaterial here.’
- ‘In particular, Kyrgyz uses what's called ‘labial harmony.’’
- ‘Kyrgyzstan has two official languages: Kyrgyz and Russian.’
- ‘It is related to such languages as Turkish, Kazak, Kyrgyz, Turkmen, and Uzbek.’
- ‘The N.D.I. alone operates 20 centers that provide news summaries in Russian, Kyrgyz and Uzbek.’
- ‘Kyrghyz or Kirghiz is a Turkic language with about 1.5 million speakers in Kyrghyzstan and China.’
Relating to the Kyrgyz or their language.
- ‘Mr Akayev signed a resignation letter on Monday at the Kyrgyz embassy in Moscow.’
- ‘We had a ‘Week of Kirghiz films’ in Kirghizstan where, at the initiative of a single award-winning filmmaker, Akthan Abdikalikor, three films were shown in 25 villages and three cities.’
- ‘The poorly equipped Kyrgyz army was barely able to repel the attackers.’
- ‘A few weeks later, just after my Outside story went to press, there was startling news from Kyrgyzstan: Sharipov survived the fall and was captured by Kyrgyz soldiers.’
- ‘The two had been handed over by Kyrgyz authorities in July 2002, shortly after the incident.’
- ‘Minutes later Kyrgyz soldiers are thrusting cans of sardines and canteens of water into their hands.’
- ‘That word comes to us from a Kyrgyz official in Moscow.’
- ‘Rakitin earlier said that several Kyrgyz citizens who witnessed the killings testified that the gunman was tall and had red hair, a description that bears little resemblance to Ivankov.’
- ‘In 1990 Kyrgyz reformers picked a physicist essentially out of obscurity to run their country.’
- ‘Firefights will claim up to 48 Kyrgyz soldiers, 12 antirebel Uzbek soldiers, and 75 rebels.’
- ‘Today, the Wakhan has reverted to what it's been for much of its history: a primitive pastoral hinterland, home to about 7,000 Wakhi and Kirghiz people, scattered throughout some 40 small villages and camps.’
- ‘‘Every family reads him and then rereads him, his books taught us to be braver,’ says Kyrgyz human-rights activist Natalia Ablova.’
- ‘Earlier, he furtively signaled that he will try to kill the rebels if he can, and that there are 15 Kyrgyz soldiers in the valley and 17 rebels.’
- ‘Within minutes two Kyrgyz soldiers are felled.’
- ‘‘His works gave us a great push to talk about national identity, about sovereignty,’ says Ms. Sydykova, a newspaper editor in the Kyrgyz capital of Bishkek.’
- ‘Rebel snipers had 30 Kyrgyz soldiers pinned in a crossfire in a narrow canyon.’
- ‘The valley is too high for farming - 12,000 feet - hence the eastern Wakhan is inhabited primarily by Kirghiz nomads.’
- ‘Dressed in ill-fitting Kyrgyz army fatigues - their clothes are in tatters and they have lost all their gear - the climbers appear on Kyrgyzstan's state-run TV.’
- ‘These legends are adapted and invented by Aitmatov with inspiration from the great Kirghiz epic poem, ‘The Manas’.’
- ‘He was among more than 500 people crammed into a small refugee camp inside Kyrgyz territory but just 150 meters from the Uzbek border.’
The name in Kyrgyz.
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