One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A member of a group of Turkic peoples inhabiting the region east of the Caspian Sea and south of the Aral Sea, now comprising Turkmenistan and parts of Iran and Afghanistan.
- ‘He cited the rights of the Kurds, Turkmens and women.’
- ‘To extract an additional 30-40 billion cubic metres of gas, the Turkmen gas industry will require $4-6 billion in investments.’
- ‘That plan is bitterly opposed by Turkmens.’
- ‘The Turkmens are perhaps closest to the modern Turks of today.’
- ‘Both Turkmen and Kurds insist that they were the dominant population in the city in earlier decades.’
- ‘Two ethnic Turkmens - whose language is an offshoot of Turkish - are checking out new satellite dishes on the steps of Salih's store.’
2mass noun The Turkic language of the Turkmen, having about 3 million speakers.
- ‘It is related to such languages as Turkish, Kazak, Kyrgyz, Turkmen, and Uzbek.’
Relating to the Turkmen, their language, or the region which they inhabit.
- ‘The demonstration coincided with a general strike by the city's approximately 300,000 Turkmen residents.’
- ‘The Turkmen language used in Turkmenistan borrows many words from Russian.’
- ‘I remember a bearded Turkmen woman solemnly giving me the key to the hotel's only ‘luxury suite’.’
- ‘When a 670-lb meteorite landed in Turkmenistan in 1999, Turkmen scientists named it after Turkmenbashi.’
- ‘This challenges the economic models of everything from toy design to Turkmen film distribution.’
- ‘The Turkmen delegation rose to complain that it, too, had no representative in the independent grouping.’
From Persian turkmān, from Turkish tūrkmen; also influenced by Russian turkmen.
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