Definition of Yazidi in US English:


(also Yezidi)

nounPlural Yezidis, Plural Yazidis

  • A member of a Kurdish-speaking people living chiefly in Iraq, Syria, Armenia, and Georgia and adhering to an ancient monotheistic religion.

    ‘many Yazidis have recently moved to villages further west’
    ‘Karim is a Yazidi, a member of an ancient religious minority’
    • ‘The Yezidi honour sacred trees.’
    • ‘"There needs to be a place for the Christians, the Yazidis, the Assyrians and many, many others," he said.’
    • ‘Yezidi across the world number between 400,000 and 800,000.’
    • ‘Didn't Gurdjieff claim to have been taught by the Yezidi?’
    • ‘The strongest punishment among Yazidis is expulsion, which means that your soul is lost forever.’
    • ‘"I still don't know what happened to him," said Shamu, a 30-year-old Yazidi.’
    • ‘The mystical cult centre of the Yezidi is the Sephira Yesod or Yezod, the sphere of the moon, which is especially concerned with transformation.’
    • ‘His time with the Yezidis is not well-documented and there are lots of stories about the specifics, some of which are pretty fantastic.’
    • ‘To sum up, the Yezidis' conception of a personal God is transcendental and static of the extreme type.’


  • Denoting or relating to the Yazidi.

    ‘a Yazidi village’
    ‘the Yezidi religion’
    • ‘I had been hearing about the Yezidi people who live in villages near Dohuk.’
    • ‘He grew up in a family of Yezidi Kurds in Tbilisi.’
    • ‘She had a background in the Kurdish Yazidi faith.’
    • ‘In fact the modern Yezidi religion, practiced by over 500,000, people embraces traditions that date back to the Bronze Age.’
    • ‘Mr. Rhodes noted his admiration for the resilience of the Yezidi community, which has endured for so many centuries.’
    • ‘And let us celebrate New Year with our Yezidi sisters and brothers.’
    • ‘The hierarchical orders of the Yezidi sect are four.’
    • ‘There are other Yazidi communities in Europe, Russia, Syria and Turkey.’
    • ‘The remaining people are divided into several ethnic groups, including Assyrian, Turkoman, Chaldean, Armenian, Yazidi, and Jewish.’
    • ‘He travelled in the Kurdish regions of northern Iraq, including the Yazidi region of Jabal Sinjar in the north-west, producing over 1,200 photographs.’
    • ‘There's not a lot of reliable info on Yezidi beliefs.’


Ottoman Turkish Yezidi and Persian Yazīdī, probably from the name of Yazīd b. Mu‘āwiya (644–83), the second caliph of the Umayyad dynasty, who is venerated by Yazidis as a founding figure of the religion.