Definition of Anatolian in English:



  • Relating to Anatolia, its inhabitants, or their ancient languages.

    • ‘Turkey's Anatolian heartland consists of a lot of mountains, and river valleys all traveling in unhelpful directions.’
    • ‘Snowy vistas of Istanbul alternate with stunning Anatolian landscapes as attention shifts from one man to the other.’
    • ‘When the snows melted and he had recovered his strength they crossed the Anatolian plateau and reached Ankara, the Turkish capital.’
    • ‘His gentle irony acts on her like Kinglake's spurs on jaded Eastern hirelings, and like the accounts of travelers past on our self-styled Anatolian riders.’
    • ‘Cold sheep's head has become so popular that you will find it being sold on street corners and at railway stations in every Anatolian town.’
    • ‘If I had started the narrative with the Anatolian upsurge in Greece… the book would have been 5,800 pages long - if I was concise.’
    • ‘The dogs, Anatolian shepherds, live with the livestock on the range and protect them from cheetahs and leopards.’
    • ‘One million Turkish Armenians were slaughtered, while the other million survivors were cast from their Anatolian homeland into a global diaspora that remains to this day.’
    • ‘More than one million children aged six to 17 work to contribute to the family income in Turkey, the state-controlled Anatolian news agency said yesterday.’
    • ‘The emergence of an alternative economy, especially of Anatolian origin, and new political centers and cultural spheres in the last two decades has brought the country to an irrevocable point.’
    • ‘However, the Ulukisla Basin is exceptionally well exposed and can be taken as representative of the Early Tertiary central Anatolian basins.’
    • ‘In response, a local organization called the Cheetah Conservation Fund began breeding Anatolian shepherds as livestock guard dogs and giving them to farmers.’
    • ‘Some animal carpets in fifteenth-century Italian paintings are related to surviving Anatolian examples.’
    • ‘Employing a fluent Anatolian dialect and using minimum force Barossa extracts a vital nugget of information from the somewhat stubborn barber.’
    • ‘The harsh environment of the Anatolian mountains above Turkey's southern coast traditionally takes a high toll on competitors.’
    • ‘The Anatolian news agency reported Cay as saying that Bulgarian-Turkish relations, which have been developing very well lately, are an important factor for security on the Balkans and in Eastern Europe.’
    • ‘In one piece, she uses a traditional Anatolian design; in another, a pattern revealing shoes, gloves and handbags.’
    • ‘This latter angle lies at a critical juncture where the extruding Anatolian collage is impinging into the extensional tectonic regime of western Turkey produced by the southward migration of the Hellenic arc trench system.’
    • ‘Since 1994 the Livestock Guarding Dog Program has trained more than 200 Anatolian shepherds to protect farmed sheep and goats in Namibia.’
    • ‘In ‘Head On’ it's the rebellion of a German Turkish woman who no longer fits either the European or the Anatolian norm.’


  • 1A native or inhabitant of Anatolia.

    • ‘To the Phoenicians He was Adoni, to the Anatolians He was Attis, to the Sumerians Damuzi.’
    • ‘They were Christians, Buddhists, Jews, Manicheans, pagans, nomads, shamanists, and animists as well, and, ethnically speaking, Seljuks, Khazars, Bulgars, Timurids, Mongols, Anatolians and Chinese.’
    • ‘Indeed he argues that the Republic is a gocmen regime in which the elite are cut off from their own roots and tradition, and have become more Turkish than the Anatolians (Turks or otherwise).’
    • ‘After heavy losses in the Balkans, Abdul Hamid was not averse to encouraging a kind of Ottomanism defined by Islam rather than constitutional rights, with Turkish Anatolians and the Arabs as its main proponents.’
  • 2An extinct group of ancient languages constituting a branch of the Indo-European language family and including Hittite, Luwian, Lydian, and Lycian.

    • ‘Some unexplained differences and another parallel branch, Anatolian, also allow many to discuss the (hypothetical) ancestors of this language.’
    • ‘There will also be classes with a specific language or language-family orientation, including African American English, Anatolian, Irish, Japanese, and Salish.’
    • ‘Modern Turkish is descended from Old Anatolian, the language brought to Asia Minor by the Seljuk Turks in the 11th century.’