Definition of Kazakh in English:



  • 1A member of a people living chiefly in Kazakhstan. Traditionally nomadic, Kazakhs are predominantly Sunni Muslims.

    • ‘Approximately 5 percent of the total Mongolian population are Sunni Muslims, mainly ethnic Kazakhs in the western region.’
    • ‘Still, there is a massive Russian presence in Kazakhstan, with Kazakhs approximating 45% and Russians 35% of the population.’
    • ‘In the settler sources reviewed here, this dynamic shows most clearly in the case of peasant views of pastoral nomads, including Muslim Kazakhs and Kyrgyz and Buddhist Altayans.’
    • ‘Ten of the 18 passengers were Azerbaijani and four were Kazakhs.’
    • ‘Other ethnic groups that were caught within the country as the borders in Central Asia were redrawn during the Soviet era include Uzbeks, Kyrgyz, Turkmen, Kazakhs, Uyghur, and Bukharan and European Jews.’
  • 2mass noun The Turkic language of the Kazakhs, with over 7 million speakers.

    • ‘Central Asia largely speaks Turkic languages (Uzbek, Kazakh, Kyrgyz), which, however, are not that close to the Turkish spoken in Istanbul.’
    • ‘She speaks Kazakh, Russian, English and Italian.’
    • ‘With great reluctance the Union admits new members who write in Russian, openly emphasizing the preference for writers who write in Kazakh.’
    • ‘During Soviet times, when Russian was the only real language of importance, Kazakh failed to keep up with the changing vocabulary of the twentieth century.’
    • ‘Unlike their Russian-speaking neighbours from the city, they still speak Kazakh.’


  • Relating to the Kazakhs or their language.

    • ‘Many Kazakh orphanages, however, lack qualified medical personnel to deal with such problems.’
    • ‘To our north, the vast featureless Kazakh steppes, an area the size of Western Europe, stretched away seemingly to infinity.’
    • ‘The Kazakh national movement, which began in the late 1800s, sought to preserve the Kazakh language and identity.’
    • ‘His moustache has nothing in common with the typical Kazakh moustache.’
    • ‘At present, however, it is premature to assume that Kazakh oil will make up the gap.’


Russian, from Turkic; see Cossack.