Definition of Tatar in English:



  • 1A member of a Turkic people living in Tatarstan and various other parts of Russia and Ukraine. They are the descendants of the Tartars who ruled central Asia in the 14th century.

    • ‘These men were free, as opposed to the serfs of the sixteenth century, and organized to fend off marauding Tatars.’
    • ‘The deportations of nationalities thought suspect by Stalin - Chechens, Kalmucks, Crimean Tatars, and Volga Germans - were handled by him.’
    • ‘Smaller groups include Russians, Armenians, Vlachs, Karakachans, Greeks, Tatars, and Jews.’
    • ‘From 1316 to 1341 Vytenis' brother and successor, Grand Duke Gediminas, expanded the empire as far as Kiev against the Tatars and Russians.’
    • ‘From the fifteenth century on, Crimean Tatars raided Ukraine for slaves, and Zaporozhian kozaks were the only defense against them.’
    • ‘By the end of the century well over 100,000 Tatars had become Christian.’
    • ‘Under the Russian Empire, Azerbaijanis were known collectively as Tatars and/or Muslims, together with the rest of the Turkic population in that area.’
    • ‘Now that almost half of the Crimean Tatars have returned from Central Asia, they are facing problems with employment, housing, and schooling.’
    • ‘This province already had a motley mixture of population, including Turks, Tatars, and Ukrainians.’
    • ‘They proudly call themselves Cossacks, and believe they have a mission to defend Russian Orthodoxy and to keep the Crimean Tatars in check.’
    • ‘Perhaps Washington can do to the Arabs what Moscow did to the Tatars?’
    • ‘The remainder are Germans, Ukrainians, Uzbeks, and Tatars (ethnic group living in Russia).’
    • ‘There were only Russians, Tatars, Poles, Cossacks, and Kalmucks, and a number of the figures are repeated.’
    • ‘There is official support of minority groups such as Russians, Koreans, and Tatars.’
    • ‘Having invaded the Russian steppes alongside the Mongols in the thirteenth century, the Tatars were seen by medieval Russian chroniclers as the epitome of Oriental barbarism.’
    • ‘Russians still make up 34.7 percent of the population, and other non-Kazakhs such as Ukrainians, Koreans, Turks, Chechnians, and Tatars, make up another 17 percent.’
    • ‘In 1944, on the pretext that they had collaborated with the Germans, Stalin ordered the deportation within a few days of the remaining 200,000 Crimean Tatars to Central Asia.’
    • ‘If the Poles had not defeated the Muslim Crimean Tatars and Turks during King Jan III Sobieski's raising of the Turkish siege of Vienna in 1683, Christianity would have been supplanted by Islam.’
    • ‘In an earlier manifesto, Dugin wrote with pride: ‘In the 16th century, the Tatars passed the torch of Eurasian empire-building to Moscow.’’
    • ‘On the other side, Russians and Tatars, who fled the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution and the Russian Civil War.’
  • 2[mass noun] The Turkic language of the Tatars, with about 6 million speakers.

    • ‘So if Russian patriots are shouting in Tatar and using a French word to describe themselves, I guess jingoism is just fine.’


  • Relating to the Tatars or their language.

    • ‘The title was also used of Tatar khans, Biblical kings, and of various rulers in folk genres.’
    • ‘My favorite guy was the mime Vladimir Ponomarev, fiercely concentrated and complex as the Tatar chief in Bakhchisaray, a role made up of stride, posture, and gargantuan gesture - without a dance step in it.’
    • ‘Had modern Tatar autonomy not come about so painlessly, it would have been easy to read the bloodshed as yet another case of the inevitable clash of civilizations.’
    • ‘There's nothing so scary as feeling obliged to beef up on the reign of King Kazimierz Wielki and the Tatar raids, or tramp around admiring Gothic altarpieces, when you'd far rather just hang out.’
    • ‘They were wearing armbands with a cross, and had Mongol or Tatar features.’
    • ‘The same occurred in the Crimea, where all Tatar city, school, and street names were changed.’
    • ‘They ruled for decades, freeing Ukraine from Polish rule and helping to defend the country from Turkish, Tatar, and other invaders.’
    • ‘During the Soviet era, the required Russian language exam served to keep many Tatar youths out of institutions of higher learning.’
    • ‘The trumpeter breaks off in mid-tune each time, recalling the moment when a watchman, sounding the alarm, was pierced by a Tatar arrow in the throat.’
    • ‘During the two and a half years of German occupation the Crimean Tatars were able to reopen mosques and establish Islamic committees and Tatar units were used against Soviet partisans in the Crimea.’
    • ‘Before the advance, Qutuz, in a speech that brought tears to the eyes of his men, reminded them of the nature of Tatar savagery.’
    • ‘This is in Russia six hundred years ago, in a world of Tatar invaders, monks and holy fools.’
    • ‘It's a haunting little tune that stops abruptly, re-enacting the moment in 1241 when a watchman woke the city to warn of invaders and received a Tatar arrow in his throat - a literal glottal stop - mid-alarm.’
    • ‘The missionaries, usually from rich Arab states such as Saudi Arabia, sport ragged full beards, and their women are veiled and covered from head to toe - in contrast to the western look of most Crimean Tatar men and women.’
    • ‘The Kazan Tatars (so called to distinguish them from several smaller Tatar groups) prepare many familiar Near Eastern dishes such as pilafs and kebabs using cold-climate ingredients, beef or goose often replacing lamb and chicken.’
    • ‘On the other hand, let's look at the Russian: óðà is from the Tatar language and means ‘beat’ or ‘hit,’ (presumably the Tatar battle cry).’
    • ‘From the south and east the Tatar tribes were ravaging its lands.’
    • ‘It is believed that Tatar prose dates back to the twelfth century, but scholars disagree about its origin.’
    • ‘The most interesting part of visiting Crimea, for me, was the time I spent with a local Tatar family.’
    • ‘On the outskirts of the town are two of the most precious Crimean Tatar sites: the mausoleum of its most famous Khan, Mengli Girai, and the magnificent school of religious and secular learning that he ordered to be built.’


The Turkic name of a Tartar tribe.