Definition of Uzbek in English:



  • 1A member of a Turkic people living mainly in the republic of Uzbekistan and also in Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, and Afghanistan.

    • ‘They were a representative ethnic mix of the region: Russians, Uzbeks and Kazakhs.’
    • ‘The Uzbeks are the world's second-largest group of Turkic people (after the Turks of Turkey).’
    • ‘Male-female relations among the Kyrgyz are less formal and less rigid than among their neighbors, the Uzbeks or Tajiks.’
    • ‘Uzbek is the language of about twenty million Uzbeks living in Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Kazakhstan.’
    • ‘Traditional national costumes are still often worn by the Uzbeks.’
    1. 1.1A native or inhabitant of Uzbekistan.
      • ‘He catalogs the active cultural and political traffic that existed between the Mughals, the Safavids who inhabited modern-day Iran and Afghanistan and the Uzbeks in modern-day Uzbekistan.’
      • ‘The Ferghana Valley spans neighbouring Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan, with Uzbeks having strong bonds with the Kyrgyz.’
      • ‘The military has announced the detention of more than 100 people including Arabs, Chechens, Uzbeks and ethnic Uighurs from western China.’
      • ‘Two Uzbeks, a Kuwaiti and a Saudi national were arrested.’
      • ‘Uzbeks felt that foreign rulers were being imposed upon them.’
  • 2[mass noun] The Turkic language of Uzbekistan, having some 16 million speakers.

    • ‘It's pretty much impossible to hold a job unless you speak Uzbek.’
    • ‘The BBC has been broadcasting in Uzbek since 1994 and currently broadcasts six hours a week.’
    • ‘Their languages were different - Uzbek and Russian - but they shared the same fear and anger.’
    • ‘Their only communication with her was in basic Uzbek or pidgin Russian.’
    • ‘I studied some Uzbek and the grammar is slightly different.’


  • Relating to Uzbekistan, the Uzbeks, or their language.

    • ‘Round the statue were noisy Uzbek wedding parties, beautiful girls in white, and their grooms in black tie.’
    • ‘The picture of this woman selling bread is significant because of the unique role of bread in Uzbek life and cuisine.’
    • ‘The forum was attended by producers of fruit and wine, by representatives of Uzbek banks, industry organisations, and tourism associations.’
    • ‘Impress your hosts by learning a few handy Uzbek phrases.’
    • ‘But with the loosening of state control in the 1980s, a new generation of writers renewed the Uzbek language and Uzbek themes.’


The name in Uzbek.