Definition of aksakal in English:

aksakal

(also acsacal, axakal, aqsaqal)

noun

  • In some Central Asian societies (as among the Uzbeks, Kazakhs,Tajiks, etc.): a village elder, a headman.

Origin

Early 19th century; earliest use found in John Pinkerton (1758–1826), historian and poet. From a word in a Turkic language of Central Asia (e.g. Uzbek aksakal (formerly in Arabic script as aqsaqal)), cognate with Turkish aksakal, lit. ‘white beard’ (from ak- white + sakal beard).

Pronunciation

aksakal

/ˌaksəˈkal/