One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A non-Muslim, especially a Christian.
- ‘Most measures were considered justified against the giaours (infidels).’
- ‘The Christian giaours had to pay a ‘head tax’ (signifying what they would lose if they did not remunerate their Ottoman overlords), and a Jannisary tax, having their firstborn males wrested away from their families to be converted to Islam, brainwashed and trained as soldiers used to kill, for the most part, other Christians.’
- ‘The first time I saw them coming into the mosque in their shoes, I thought they were giaours, but they turned out to be Turks.’’
From Turkish gâvur, from Persian gaur, probably from Arabic kāfir (see Kaffir).
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