One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Relating to the Circassians or their language.
- ‘When he built this hotel in 1912 he filled it with Austrian crystal chandeliers, Circassian walnut paneling, and an Italian marble staircase and floors.’
- ‘Circassian tribes were welcomed by the Ottoman Empire for practical reasons.’
- ‘Special seats were set aside in parliament for Christian, Chechen, Circassian, and Bedouin minorities.’
- ‘Neriman decided to show me Circassian clothing.’
- ‘It set off her golden eyes, and her very light blond hair, a legacy of her Circassian ancestors.’
1A member of a group of mainly Sunni Muslim peoples of the NW Caucasus.
- ‘From 1382 onwards the rulers were mostly Circassians from the Caucasus.’
- ‘Thus Circassians, Albanians, Slavs, Greeks, Armenians and even Italians rose to occupy the highest offices of the Empire.’
- ‘The North Caucasus houses Circassians, Turkic peoples, Ossetians, and Chechens; Dagestan alone contains dozens of nationalities.’
- ‘Arabs represented 98 percent of the population, Circassians one percent, and Armenians one percent.’
- ‘While the Druze and the Circassians were made to serve in the armed forces, Muslims and Christians were not allowed to do so.’
- ‘These groups include Circassians, Ossetians, and Cabardins.’
- ‘The Circassians, who are Muslim, are of Russian origin and generally have fair hair and skin.’
- ‘The whole nation of Circassians numbering 400,000 people left their homeland in western Caucasus and moved to Turkey.’
- ‘Among the resisters were the Circassians in the west and the Chechens and Dagestanis in the east, all Muslims.’
- ‘Over the next 50 years, hundreds of thousands of Chechens and Circassians were relocated to various parts of the czarist empire.’
2mass noun Either of two North Caucasian languages of the Circassians, Adyghe and Kabardian.Also called Cherkess
- ‘They learn Hebrew, English and Circassian at school.’
- ‘They are bilingual, and speak and write Circassian as well as Abaza.’
- ‘There's this old man who constantly harasses me about how I don't speak Circassian.’
- ‘Even in Turkey the younger generation still speak Circassian - albeit only poorly, as a second language.’
- ‘Kurdish, Armenian, and Circassian also are spoken.’
From Circassia, Latinized form of Russian Cherkes, denoting a district in the northern Caucasus.
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