One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A member of a Turkic people living mainly in the republic of Uzbekistan and also in Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, and Afghanistan.
- ‘Traditional national costumes are still often worn by the Uzbeks.’
- ‘They were a representative ethnic mix of the region: Russians, Uzbeks and Kazakhs.’
- ‘Male-female relations among the Kyrgyz are less formal and less rigid than among their neighbors, the Uzbeks or Tajiks.’
- ‘Uzbek is the language of about twenty million Uzbeks living in Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Kazakhstan.’
- ‘The Uzbeks are the world's second-largest group of Turkic people (after the Turks of Turkey).’
- 1.1 A native or inhabitant of Uzbekistan.
- ‘The Ferghana Valley spans neighbouring Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan, with Uzbeks having strong bonds with the Kyrgyz.’
- ‘Two Uzbeks, a Kuwaiti and a Saudi national were arrested.’
- ‘Uzbeks felt that foreign rulers were being imposed upon them.’
- ‘He catalogs the active cultural and political traffic that existed between the Mughals, the Safavids who inhabited modern-day Iran and Afghanistan and the Uzbeks in modern-day Uzbekistan.’
- ‘The military has announced the detention of more than 100 people including Arabs, Chechens, Uzbeks and ethnic Uighurs from western China.’
2mass noun The Turkic language of Uzbekistan, having some 16 million speakers.
- ‘Their languages were different - Uzbek and Russian - but they shared the same fear and anger.’
- ‘It's pretty much impossible to hold a job unless you speak Uzbek.’
- ‘Their only communication with her was in basic Uzbek or pidgin Russian.’
- ‘I studied some Uzbek and the grammar is slightly different.’
- ‘The BBC has been broadcasting in Uzbek since 1994 and currently broadcasts six hours a week.’
Relating to Uzbekistan, the Uzbeks, or their language.
- ‘The forum was attended by producers of fruit and wine, by representatives of Uzbek banks, industry organisations, and tourism associations.’
- ‘But with the loosening of state control in the 1980s, a new generation of writers renewed the Uzbek language and Uzbek themes.’
- ‘Round the statue were noisy Uzbek wedding parties, beautiful girls in white, and their grooms in black tie.’
- ‘Impress your hosts by learning a few handy Uzbek phrases.’
- ‘The picture of this woman selling bread is significant because of the unique role of bread in Uzbek life and cuisine.’
The name in Uzbek.
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