Definition of Bosniak in US English:


(also Bosniac)


  • A native or inhabitant of the Balkan country Bosnia and Herzegovina, especially one who is a Muslim.

    ‘the country's three largest nationalities: Bosniaks, Serbs, and Croats’
    • ‘"We have a community of Bosniaks, Turks and other ethnicities in Kosovo," he stressed.’
    • ‘Now the population is 12,000, 1,500 of them Bosniaks.’
    • ‘Ordinary voters, Serbs and Bosniaks alike, spoke less of the past and more of needing jobs and prosperity.’
    • ‘A Serb, a Croat and a Bosniak held the post for 18 months each under a rotational system, reflecting the country's general political system.’
    • ‘Only Bosniaks, Serbs, and Croats are allowed to run for the presidency or for the House of Peoples.’


  • Relating to Bosnia and Herzegovina or its inhabitants, especially those who are Muslims.

    ‘the Albanian and Bosniak communities’
    • ‘Croat and Bosniak parties have different stances on the issue.’
    • ‘After the war, Mostar remained informally divided between its eastern, Bosniak, and western, Croat, part.’
    • ‘The Turkish, Bosniak, Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian communities will have a total of ten representatives in the 120-seat assembly.’
    • ‘Srebrenica was overwhelmingly Bosniak before the war, but refugee flight has tilted the balance and now Serbs form a majority of people living there.’
    • ‘For me, there is no east or west Mostar, no Bosniak or Croat side.’


Late 17th century: from Bosnian Bošnjak.