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List of English words of Turkic origin

This is a list of words that have entered into the English language from the Turkic languages. Many of them came via traders and soldiers from and in the Ottoman Empire. There are some Turkic words as well, most of them entered English via the Russian language.


  • Introduction 1
  • A 2
  • B 3
  • C 4
  • D 5
  • E 6
  • G 7
  • H 8
  • I 9
  • J 10
  • K 11
  • L 12
  • M 13
  • N 14
  • O 15
  • P 16
  • Q 17
  • R 18
  • S 19
  • T 20
  • U 21
  • Y 22
  • Z 23
  • See also 24
  • External links 25
  • References 26


Languages of Turkic peoples left numerous traces in different languages, including the English language. Turkic borrowings, which belong to the social and political vocabulary, are generally used in special literature and in the historical and ethnographical works, which relate to the life of Turkic and Muslim peoples. The ethnographical words are generally used in the scientific literature, and in the historical and ethnographical texts.

The adoption of Indian words, among which there were some Turkic borrowings, became one of the ways for the words of the Turkic origin to penetrate English. Additionally, several words of Turkic origin penetrated English through East European languages like Russian and Polish. German, Latin, Spanish, Italian, French, Hungarian and Serbo-Croatian were also intermediary languages for the Turkic words to penetrate English, as well as containing numerous Turkic loanwords themselves (e.g. Serbo-Croatian contains around 5,000 Turkic loanwords, primarily from Turkish [1]).

In the nineteenth century, Turkic loanwords, generally of Turkish origin, began to penetrate not only through the writings of the travelers, diplomats and merchants, and through the ethnographical and historical works, but also through the press. In 1847, there were two English-language newspapers in IstanbulThe Levant Herald and The Levant Times, seven newspapers in French, one in German and 37 in Turkish. Turkish contributed the largest share of the Turkic loans, which penetrated into the English directly. This can be explained by the fact that Turkey had the most intensive and wide connections with England. Nevertheless, there are many Turkic loans in English, which were borrowed by its contacts with other peoples – Azerbaijanis, Tatars, Uzbeks, Kazakhs and Kirghiz.

Most of the Turkic loans in English carry exotic or ethnographical connotations. They do not have equivalents in English, do not have synonymic relations with primordial words, and generally are used to describe the fauna, flora, life customs, political and social life, and an administrative-territorial structure of Turkic regions. But there are many Turkic loans, which are still part of the frequently used vocabulary. Some Turkic loans have acquired new meanings, unrelated to their etymology.

To conclude, the words of the Turkic origin began penetrating English as early as the Middle Ages, the Turkic loanwords found their way into English through other languages, most frequently through French. Since the 16c, beginning from the time of the establishment of the direct contacts between England and Turkey, and Russia, in English appeared new direct borrowings from Turkic languages. German, Polish, Russian, Serbo-Croatian, French, Arabic, Armenian, Afrikaans, Hungarian, Yiddish, Indian, Spanish, Italian, Latin, Malayan, to a different extent, took part in the process of the transfer of the Turkic words into English. The main language from which the borrowings were made, was Turkish.


from Turkic Afshar, "a Turkic tribe living majorly in Kerman province of Iran". A Shiraz rug of coarse weave.[2][3][4]
Aga or Agha
from Turkish ağa, a title of rank, especially in Turkey.[5][6]
Aga Khan
from Turkic agha and khan, the divinely ordained head of the Ismaili branch of Shiism.[7]
from Turkish Ağalık, a feudal unit of the Ottoman Empire
from Turkish ayran [8][9][10]
from Turkish akbaş, literally "a whitehead" [11]
from Turkish akçe, also asper, an Ottoman monetary unit consisted of small silver coins.[12][13]
from Turkish Akhisar, a city in Manisa Province, Turkey near İzmir. A kind of heavy modern carpet made at Akhisar, Turkey.[14]
from Altay Mountains, range in Central Asia, which is from Turkic-Mongolian altan, meaning "golden". 1. An Asiatic breed of small shaggy sturdy horses. 2. An animal of the Altai breed.[15][16]
from Turkish altılık. A coin, originally of silver and equivalent to 6 piasters, formerly used in Turkey [17]
(from Arabic: عربة, araba or Turkish: araba ) (also arba or aroba). A horse driven carriage or car.
from Turkish arnavut, "an Albanian". An inhabitant of Albania and neighboring mountainous regions, especially an Albanian serving in the Turkish army.[18]
from Turkish Aslan, "lion".
from Astrakhan, Russia, which is from Tatar or Kazakh hadžitarkhan, or As-tarxan (tarkhan of As or Alans) Karakul of Russian origin or a cloth with a pile resembling karakul.[19][20]
from Turkic atabeg, from ata, "a father" + beg "a prince".[21][22]
from Turkic, an alternative form of Atabeg.
from Turkish yatağan, an alternative form of Yataghan.[23]
from Russian, from South Turkic ataman, "leader of an armed band" : ata, "father" + -man, augmentative suffix.[24]
from Russian, from Kazan Tatar & Kirghiz.[25]
see Airan


Pieces of baklava.
from Hindi bahādur "brave, brave person", from Persian, probably from Mongolian, cf. Classical Mongolian baγatur, which is from Turkic, perhaps originally a Turkic personal name.[26]
from Turkish bayram, literally "a festival" [27][28]
from Turkish baklava [29]
from Balaklava, village in the Crimea, which is from Turkish balıklava. A hoodlike knitted cap covering the head, neck, and part of the shoulders and worn especially by soldiers and mountaineers.[30][31]
from Russian balalaika, of Turkic origin.[32][33]
from Turkish balkan "a mountain chain", relating to the states of the Balkan Peninsula, or their peoples, languages, or cultures.[34]
from Turkish bamya.[35]
from Romanian, from Serbo-Croatian ban, "lord", which is from Turkic bayan, "very rich person" : bay, "rich" + -an, intensive suff.[36]
from Canadian French barbotte, which is from Turkish barbut. A dice game [37]
from Russian, which is from Kirghiz barkhan. A moving sand dune shaped like a crescent and found in several very dry regions of the world [38]
from Turkish başa, a variant of pasha [39]
from Turkish başıbozuk [40]
from Turkish başlık, "a hood", from baş, "a head" [41]
from Turkish batman. Any of various old Persian or Turkish units of weight [42]
from Russian bityug, bityuk, which is from Turkic bitük, akin to Chagatai bitü, Uzbek bitäü. A Russian breed of heavy draft horses.[43][44]
from Turkic beg, an alternative form of bey [45]
from Turkish beylerbeyi, a variant of beylerbey [46]
from Urdu begam, which is from East Turkic begüm [47]
from the name of Turkish scientist Hulusi Behçet, a multisystem, chronic recurrent disease.[48]
from Turkish bektaşi [49]
from French bergamote, from Italian bergamotta, ultimately from Turkish bey armudu, literally, "the bey's pear" [50]
from Turkish bey [51]
from Turkish beylerbeyi [52]
from Turkish beylik [53][54][55]
from Turkish binbaşı, "chief of a thousand", bin "thousand" + bash "head". (Mil.) A major in the Turkish army.[56]
from Russian bogatyr "hero, athlete, warrior", from Old Russian bogatyri, of Turkic origin; akin to Turkish batur "brave" [57]
from Turkish böreği, ultimately from root bur-, "twisted"
from Russian burunduk, which is from Mari uromdok or from Turkic burunduk. A Siberian ground squirrel.[58][59][60]
Bosa or boza
from Turkish boza, a fermented drink [61][62]
from Turkish boş, which means "nonsense, empty" [63] (Bosh on wiktionary)
from Turkish bostancı, literally "a gardener" [64]
from modern Greek mpouzoúki, which is from Turkish bozuk "broken, ruined, depraved" or büzük "constricted, puckered".[65]
from Russian boyarin, from Old Russian boljarin, from Turkic baylar, plural of bay, "rich"; akin to Turkish bay, "rich, gentleman".[66]
Bridge game
the word came into English from the Russian word, biritch, which in turn originates from a Turkic word for "bugler" (in modern Turkish: borucu, borazancı) or might have come from a Turkish term bir, üç, or "one, three" [67]
from Middle English bougre, "heretic", from Old French boulgre, from Medieval Latin Bulgarus, from Greek Boulgaros, "Bulgarian", probably ultimately from Turkic bulghar, "of mixed origin, promiscuous" or "rebels", from bulgamaq, "to mix, stir, stir up".[68][69][70][71]
from Bolgar, Bolghar, former kingdom on the Volga river around Kazan (see bugger). A Russia leather originally from Bolgar.[69][72]
from Turkish bulgur, which means "pounded wheat" [73]
from Russian buran, of Turkic origin, probably from Tatar buran [74][75]
from Russian, probably from buryi "dark brown (of a horse)", probably of Turkic origin; akin to Turkish bur "red like a fox"; the Turkic word probably from Persian bor "reddish brown"; akin to Sanskrit babhru "reddish brown".[76]


Dervishes wearing calpacks.
from Turkish kahvane, kahvehane "a coffee shop, café", from kahve "coffee" + hane "house" [77][78]
from Turkish kayık [79]
alteration (influenced by caique) of earlier caikjee, from Turkish kayıkçı, "a boatman" [80]
from Turkish kalpak [81]
from Turkish karakulak, which means "black ear" [82]
from French, perhaps from Turkish kerrake "alpaca coat". A woman's short coat or jacket usually about waist length.[83]
from Uzbek karakul, an alteration of karakul [84]
from New Latin, of Turkic origin; akin to Kirghiz karaghan "Siberian pea tree".[85]
from Turkish karamürsel, karamusal, perhaps from kara "black" + mürsel "envoy, apostle" [86]
from a town called Kasaba (now Turgutlu) in Turkey [87]
from Middle French casaque "long coat", probably ultimately from Turkic quzzak "nomad, adventurer" (the source of Cossack), an allusion to their typical riding coat. Or perhaps from Arabic kazagand, from Persian kazhagand "padded coat".[88]
from French, which is from Turkish khan, "lord, prince" [89]
from Turkish, a Turkish fabric of silk and cotton, with gold thread interwoven.[90]
from Ottoman Turkish çelenk, a bird's feather used as a sign of bravery
from Turkish çavuş.[91]
from Turkish çubuk.[92]
from Sindhi, of Turko-Mongol origin; akin to Turkish çuha "cloth". A long-sleeved long-skirted cloak for men worn mainly in India and Pakistan.[93]
perhaps from Turkish çavuş "a doorkeeper, messenger" [94]
from Ottoman Turkish kahve
from Russian korsak, from Kirghiz karsak, "a small yellowish brown bushy-tailed fox" [95]
from French, literally, "Cossack", from Russian Kazak & Ukrainian kozak, which is from Turkic Kazak. A cracker.[96]
from Turkic quzzaq which means "adventurer, guerilla, nomad" [97] (Cossack on wiktionary)


Registration of boys for the devshirmeh.
from German, from Low German, alteration of Middle Low German bisemer, besemer, of Baltic origin; akin to Lithuanian bezmnas, of Slavic origin; akin to Old Russian bezmenu "desemer, small weight", Polish bezmian, przezmian "balance without pans", perhaps of Turkic origin; akin to Turkish batman "small weight". An ancient balance.[98]
from Turkish devşirme, which means "gathering" [99][100]
from Turkish dayı, literally "a maternal uncle" [101]
from Turkish dolma, which means "filled" or "stuffed" [102]
ultimately from Turkish dolaman, a robe, from dolamak "to wind" [103][104]
Dolmus, also Dolmush
from Turkish dolmuş, a share taxi [105]
from Kazakh dombra, a musical instrument [106][107]
Doner kebab
(Canadian: donair) from Turkish döner kebap [108][109]
from Turkish dönme, which literally means "a convert" [110][111]
from Turkish dönüm, an alternative form of dunam [112][113]
from German dudeln "to play (the bagpipe)", from dudel "a bagpipe", from Czech or Polish dudy "a bagpipe", from Turkish düdük "a flute".[114]
from Turkish dönüm, from dönmek "go round" [115][116]


Elchee or elchi
from Turkish elçi, which means "an ambassador".[117]
Eleme figs
from Turkish eleme "selected, sifted". Smyrna figs of superior quality packed flat.[118]


from Turkish kalyonçi, kalyoncu, "a Turkish sailor", from kalyon, Italian galeone + çi or cu, the Turkish suffix.[119]
modification of Turkish kancalamak "to put on a hook", from Turkish kanca "large hook", modification of Greek gampsos "curved" + Turkish suffix -lamak.[120]
from Turkish gâvur
from French, from Spanish gileco, jaleco, chaleco, from Arabic jalikah, "a garment worn by slaves in Algeria", from Turkish yelek "waistcoat, vest" [121]


from Ottoman Turkish haydut, "bandit, soldier"
from Turkish haramibaşı, "bandit leader" (from harami, "bandit" + baş, "head")
from Turkish haremlik, from harem (from Arabic harim & Arabic haram) + the Turkish suffix -lik "a place" [122]
from Turkic ordu or orda ("khan's residence") [123][124] (Horde on wiktionary)
from Medieval Latin Hunni, supposedly ultimately from Turkic Hun-yü, the name of a tribe.[125]
most directly from Latin, ultimately from Turkic, c.f. Onogur.


Imam bayildi
from Turkish imambayıldı, "the imam fainted", an eggplant dish prepared with olive oil.[126]
from Turkish imbat, a cooling etesian wind in the Levant (as in Cyprus).[127]


from Turkish yeniçeri, which means "a new soldier" [128] (janissary on wiktionary)
from Mongolian: зарлиг, zarlig via Russian iarlyk
from Turkish yelek, the bodice or vest of a Turkish woman's dress.[129]
from Turkic, a union of seven Turkic peoples of Central Asia formed at the end of the 17th or beginning of the 18th century under one khan.[130]


from Ottoman Turkish kadı, "judge"
from Turkish kaftan (also in Persian) [131]
from Turkish kayık, an alternative form of caïque.[132]
from Ottoman Turkish kaldırım, "paved road"
from Turkish kalpak
from Turkish kangal or sivas kangal köpeği [133][134]
A type of rug, named after the Karabagh region in the Caucasus.[135]
from Turkish karabaş, literally "a blackhead" [136][137]
from Azeri Karadagh, a mountain range in Azerbaijan province, northwestern Iran. a Persian rug having a bold design and rich coloring.[138]
from Russian karagan, which is from Turkic karagan. A species of gray fox found in Russia.[139][140]
from Uzbek karakul, literally a village in Uzbekistan [141]
from Russian, of Turkic origin, karakurt, "a venomous spider".[142]
from New Greek kaseri, from Turkish kaşer, kaşar [143]
from Turkish kavas [144][145]
from Kazak, a town in Azerbaijan, an Oriental rug in bold colors with geometric designs or stylized plant and animal forms.[146]
from Russian, probably ultimately from Old Turkic köpür, "milk, froth, foam", from köpürmäk, "to froth, foam".[147][148]
from Turkish kelek, a raft or float supported on inflated animal skins.[149]
from Russian kendyr, from Turkish kendir. A strong bast fiber that resembles Indian hemp and is used in Asia as cordage and as a substitute for cotton and hemp.[150][151]
probably from Middle English cacchen "to capture", or perhaps from Turkish kayık "a boat, skiff".[152][153]
from Turkic kaghan, an alternative form of khan [154]
from Turkic khan, akin to Turkish han (title meaning "ruler") [155]
from Turkic khanum, akin to Turkish hanım, "a female derivation of Khan" [156]
from Turkic khatūn, perhaps from Old Turkic or from Sogdian kwat'yn, "a queen" [157][158]
from Russian, of Turkic origin; akin to Kazan Tatar kibit "booth, stall, tent", Uyghur käbit.[159]
from Polish kiełbasa, from East and West Slavic *kŭlbasa, from East Turkic kül bassï, "grilled cutlet", from Turkic kül bastï : kül, "coals, ashes" + bastï, "pressed (meat)" (from basmaq, to press) [160]
from Turkish kılıç, a Turkish saber with a crescent-shaped blade.[161]
from Turkish köşk, an open summerhouse or pavilion [162]
from Russian, which is from Chagatai. 1. One of the ancient Turkic peoples of the Golden Horde related to the Uyghurs and Kyrgyz. 2. The Turkic language of the Kipchaks.[163]
Kis Kilim
from Turkish kızkilim, a kind of carpet.[164]
from Turkish kızılbaş, literally "a red head" [165][166]
from Yiddish, from Ukrainian knysh, probably of Turkic origin.[167]
from Russian kok-sagyz, from Turkic kök-sagız, from kök "root" + sagız "rubber, gum" [168]
from Turkish komitacı, a rebel, member of a secret revolutionary society.[169]
from Turkish konak, a large house in Turkey.[170]
from Russian krym-sagyz, of Turkic origin, from Krym "Crimea",[171] + sagız "rubber, gum".[172]
from Turkish Kula, a town in western Turkey. A Turkish rug that is often a prayer rug and that uses the Ghiordes knot.[173]
from Russian kulak "a fist", of Turkic origin; akin to Turkish kol "arm".[174][175]
from Kirghiz kulan, "the wild ass of the Kirghiz steppe".[176]
from Turkic kumyz or kumis [177] (kumiss on wiktionary)
from Turkish kırbaç [178][179]
from Russian, of Turkic origin; akin to Turkish kurgan "fortress, castle" [180]
from Turkish kuruş, a Turkish piaster equal to 1/100 lira.[181]


from French laquais, from Spanish lacayo, ultimately from Turkish ulak, which means "runner" or "courier".[182]
from Turkish Ladik, a village in Turkey. A rug of fine texture woven in and near Ladik in central Anatolia.[183]
from Middle English latoun, laton, from Middle French laton, leton, from Old Provençal, from Arabic latun, of Turkic origin; akin to Turkish altın "gold" [184]
from Armenian, which is originally taken from Turkish lavaş.[185]
from Yiddish, plural of loksh "noodle", from Russian dial. loksha, of Turkic origin; akin to Uyghur & Kazan Tatar lakca "noodles", Chuvash läskä.[186]


from Russian mamot, mamont, mamant, perhaps from a Yakut word derived from Yakut mamma "earth"; from the belief that the mammoths burrowed in the earth like moles.[187]
from Middle English, from Old French, from Old Spanish, from Ottoman Turkish martagan, "a kind of turban".[188]
an accounting method used by the Ottoman Empire, Abbasid empire, and the Ilkhanate; from a word meaning "Ladder" or "Staircase".[189]


from Russian, of Turkic origin; akin to Kirghiz nogai[190]


Odalisque with a slave, 1842.
from Turkish oda, literally "a room, chamber". A room in a harem.[191]
from French, which is from Turkish odalık, from oda, "a room" [192]
Oghuz or Ghuz
from Turkic oghuz. A descendant of certain early Turkic invaders of Persia.[193]
from Turkish osmanlı, from Osman, founder of the Ottoman Empire + "of or pertaining to" [194]
from French, adjective & noun, probably from Italian ottomano, from Turkish osmani, from Osman, Othman died 1326, founder of the Ottoman Empire [195]


modification of Turkish baklava [196]
from Uzbek, a heavy black horsehair veil worn by women of Central Asia.[197]
from Turkish paşa, earlier basha, from bash "head, chief" which equates to "Sir" [198][199]
from Turkish paşalık, "title or rank of pasha", from paşa: the jurisdiction of a pasha or the territory governed by him [200][201]
from Yiddish pastrame, from Romanian pastrama, ultimately from Turkish pastırma [202]
from Russian pecheneg, which is from Turkic. Member of a Turkic people invading the South Russian, Danubian, and Moldavian steppes during the early Middle Ages.[203][204]
from Turkish pilav, and ultimately from Sanskrit pulāka- (पुलाक), "lump of boiled rice"
from Yiddish, from Russian, plural of pirog (pie), perhaps borrowed from Kazan Tatar, (cf. Turk. börek) [205]
from Persian pul, which is from Turkish pul. A unit of value of Afghanistan equal to 1/100 Afghani.[206]


Qajar or Kajar
from Persian Qajar, of Turkish origin. A people of northern Iran holding political supremacy through the dynasty ruling Persia from 1794 to 1925.[207]
from Anglo-French quiveir, from Old French quivre, probably ultimately from the Hunnic language,[208] kubur in Old Turkish


from Turkish Rumeli, "land of Romans"


Sarma, a kind of dolma, is a classic of Turkish cuisine.
from Old French çabot, alteration of savate "old shoe", probably of Turkish or Arabic origin.[209]
from French saïque, from Turkish shaika.[210]
from Russian saĭgá(k), from Turkic; cf. Chagatai sayğak [211][212]
through Old French from Arabic saqr, probably from Turkic sonqur, which means "a falcon".[213]
from Turkish samyeli, sam, "poisonous" + yel, "wind".[214]
from Turkish sancak, which means "a banner" [215][216]
from Turkish sarma, which means "wrapping" [217][218]
from Russian saksaul, which is from Kazakh seksevil. A leafless xerophytic shrub or tree of the family Chenopodiaceae of Asia that has green or greenish branches and is used for stabilization of desert soils.[219][220]
from Turkish Selamlık.[221]
from Turkish Selçuk, "eponymous ancestor of the dynasties". Of or relating to any of several Turkic dynasties that ruled over a great part of western Asia in the 11th, 12th, and 13th centuries.[222]
from Turkish serasker, from Persian ser "head, chief" + Arabic asker "an army".[223]
originally Arabic sawda, via Turkish sevda, "black bile". Genre of Balkan folk-music
through Russian sevryuga ultimately from Tatar söirök.[224]
from French schabraque, from German schabracke, from Hungarian csáprág, from Turkish çaprak [225]
from Turkish sağrı, which means "the back of a horse" [226]
from Turkic word šamán.
from Russian шашлык, which is from Crimean Tatar şışlık, which means "shish kebab" [227]
ultimately from Turkish çevirme, which literally means "turning" [228]
from Turkish şiş, which literally means "a skewer" [229][230]
Shish kebab
from Turkish şiş kebabı [231]
from Russian, of Turko-Mongol origin; akin to Kalmyk & Mongolian sor "salt", Turkish sure "brackish soil". A salt lake in Turkestan, a salina.[232]
from Kirghiz, "crude iron casting, ruble" [233]


from Russian taiga, of Turkic origin; akin to Teleut taiga "rocky, mountainous terrain", Turkish dağ "mountain"; Mongolian origin is also possible.[234][235]
from modern Greek taramas "preserved roe", from Turkish tarama "preparation of soft roe or red caviar" + salata "salad".[236]
from Chagatai Taranci, literally "a farmer".[237]
from Russian tarantas, which is from Kazan Tatar tarıntas.[238]
from Russian, which is from Teleut. A rodent
from Arabic tarbūsh, from Ottoman Turkish terposh, probably from Persian sarposh "headdress" (equivalent to sar "head" + pūsh "covering"), by association with Turkish ter "sweat". A tasseled cap of cloth or felt, usually red, that is worn by Muslim men either by itself or as the inner part of the turban.[239]
from Old Turkic tarkan, a privileged class.[240]
from Russian, which is from Kirghiz or Kazakh tarpan.[241][242]
from Persian Tatar, of Turkic origin. A ferocious or violent person.[243]
from Russian tau-sagyz, from Turkic tau-sagız, from tau "mountain" + sagız "gum, rubber".[244]
from Turkish tavla, a version of the board game backgammon.[245]
from Turkish tekke, a dervish monastery.[246]
from Kazakh teŋge "coin, ruble".[247]
from Turkish tepe, literally "a hill, summit". An artificial mound.[248][249][250]
from Terek, river of southeast Russia, which is from Balkar Terk. A sandpiper of the Old World breeding in the far north of eastern Europe and Asia and migrating to southern Africa and Australia and frequenting rivers.[251][252]
from Italian tiorba, which is from Turkish torba "a bag".[253][254]
from Persian تومان, which is from Turkic tümen, "a unit of ten thousand".[255]
from Russian tovarishch, from Old Russian tovarishch, sing. of tovarishchi, "business associates", which is from Old Turkic tavar ishchi, "businessman, merchant" : tavar, "wealth, trade" + ishchi, "one who works" (from ish, "work, business").[256]
from Turkish tuğra, an elaborate monogram formed of the Sultan's name and titles.[257][258]
from Russian, from East Turkic tunguz, "wild pig, boar", from Old Turkic tonguz.[259]
from Turkish türk, which has several meanings in English.[260]
from Persian turki, from Turk, "Turk", from Turkish Türk.[261]
from Middle English Turkeys, from Anglo-French turkeise, from feminine of turkeis Turkish, from Turc Turkish.[262]
from Turkish tuzla, from the name of Lake Tuz in Turkey. A central Anatolian rug.[263]
from modern Greek tsatsiki, which is from Turkish cacık.[264]


Polish uhlans.
from Old Russian Ugre, which means "Hungarians", of Turkic origin.[265]
from Turkish oğlan "a boy, servant".[266]
from Hindustani Urdu "camp", which is from Turkic ordu (source of horde).[267]
from Russian, which is from Kazan Tatar urman, "a forest", synonymous with taiga;[268] Turkish word orman.
from Ushak, Turkish Uşak, manufacturing town of western Turkey. A heavy woolen oriental rug tied in Ghiordes knots and characterized by bright primary colors and an elaborate medallion pattern.[269]


Cacık, a Turkish cold soup yogurt variety.
from Turkic yardang, ablative of yar "steep bank, precipice".[270][271]
of Turkic origin; akin to Turkish yağmurluk which means "rainwear".[272]
Yashmak or yashmac
from Turkish yaşmak.[273]
from Turkish yatağan.[274]
from Turkish yoğurt.[275] (yogurt on wiktionary)
from Turkic yurt, which means "a dwelling place".[276]
from Turkish yürük, "a nomad". 1. One of a nomadic shepherd people of the mountains of southeastern Anatolia. 2. A Turkish rug from the Konya and Karaman regions, southeastern Anatolia.[277]


from Turkish zil "bell, cymbals", of onomatopoeic origin.[278][279]

See also

External links

  • Encyclopædia Britannica Concise – Turkic languages
  • Ask Oxford – Borrowings into English
  • Association of British Scrabble Players – Turkish words


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  2. ^ Merriam-Webster Unabridged – Afshar
  3. ^ TDK Online – Afşar
  4. ^ Parvis Tanavoli On Afshar Rugs
  5. ^
  6. ^ Encyclopædia Britannica Online – Aga
  7. ^ – Aga Khan
  8. ^ – Ayran
  9. ^ – Airan in Main Categories of Products
  10. ^ Merriam-Webster Online – Airan
  11. ^ – Akbash Dog
  12. ^ Encyclopædia Britannica Online – Akche
  13. ^ Economic Development in the Middle East – Akche
  14. ^ Merriam-Webster Unabridged – Akhissar
  15. ^ Merriam-Webster Unabridged – Altai
  16. ^ Encyclopædia Britannica Online – Altai Mountains
  17. ^ Merriam-Webster Unabridged – Altilik
  18. ^ Merriam-Webster Unabridged – Arnaut
  19. ^ Merriam-Webster Online – Astrakhan
  20. ^ Vasmer's Etymological Dictionary – Astrakhan
  21. ^ Merriam-Webster Online – Atabeg
  22. ^ Encyclopædia Britannica Online – use of Atabeg in an article
  23. ^ Merriam-Webster Unabridged – Ataghan
  24. ^ The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language – Ataman
  25. ^ Merriam-Webster Unabridged – Aul
  26. ^ – Bahadur
  27. ^ Merriam-Webster Online – Bairam
  28. ^ – Bairam
  29. ^ Merriam-Webster Online – Baklava
  30. ^ Merriam-Webster Unabridged – Balaclava
  31. ^ Vasmer's Etymological Dictionary – Balaklava
  32. ^ The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language – Balalaika
  33. ^
  34. ^
  35. ^ Merriam-Webster Unabridged – Bamia
  36. ^ The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language – Ban
  37. ^ Merriam-Webster Unabridged – Barbotte
  38. ^ Merriam-Webster Unabridged – Barkhan
  39. ^ Merriam-Webster Online – Bashaw
  40. ^ Encyclopædia Britannica Online – Bashi-bazouk
  41. ^ Merriam-Webster Online – Bashlyk
  42. ^ Merriam-Webster Unabridged – Batman
  43. ^ Merriam-Webster Unabridged – Beetewk
  44. ^ Vasmer's Etymological Dictionary – Bityug
  45. ^ – Beg
  46. ^ Merriam-Webster Online – Beylerbey
  47. ^ The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language – Begum
  48. ^ – Behcet
  49. ^ Encyclopædia Britannica Online – Bektashi
  50. ^ Merriam-Webster Online – Bergamot
  51. ^ Merriam-Webster Online – Bey
  52. ^ Merriam-Webster Online – Beylerbey
  53. ^ Encyclopædia Britannica Online – Ottoman art
  54. ^ – Beylik
  55. ^ Merriam-Webster Online – Beylic
  56. ^ – Binbashi
  57. ^ Merriam-Webster Unabridged – Bogatyr
  58. ^ Merriam-Webster Unabridged – Borunduk
  59. ^ Vasmer's Etymological Dictionary – Burunduk
  60. ^ Этимологический Словарь – Piotr Czerwinski → Burunduk
  61. ^ Merriam-Webster Unabridged – Bosa
  62. ^ "bosa." Oxford English Dictionary. 2nd edition. 1989.
  63. ^ Merriam-Webster Online – Bosh
  64. ^ Merriam-Webster Unabridged – Bostanji
  65. ^ – Bouzouki
  66. ^ The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language – Boyar
  67. ^
  68. ^ The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language – Bugger
  69. ^ a b The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language – Bulgar
  70. ^
  71. ^
  72. ^ Merriam-Webster Unabridged – Bulgar
  73. ^ Merriam-Webster Online – Bulgur
  74. ^ The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language – Buran
  75. ^ Vasmer's Etymological Dictionary – Buran
  76. ^ Merriam-Webster Unabridged – Burka
  77. ^ Merriam-Webster Unabridged – Cafeneh
  78. ^ – Cafeneh
  79. ^ Merriam-Webster Online – Caique
  80. ^ Merriam-Webster Unabridged – Caiquejee
  81. ^ Merriam-Webster Online – Calpac
  82. ^ Merriam-Webster Online – Caracal
  83. ^ Merriam-Webster Unabridged – Caraco
  84. ^ Merriam-Webster Online – Caracul
  85. ^ Merriam-Webster Unabridged – Caragana
  86. ^ Merriam-Webster Unabridged – Caramoussal
  87. ^ Merriam-Webster Online – Casaba
  88. ^
  89. ^ The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language – Cham
  90. ^ – Chekmak
  91. ^ Merriam-Webster Online – Chiaus
  92. ^ Merriam-Webster Online – Chibouk
  93. ^ Merriam-Webster Unabridged – Choga
  94. ^ Merriam-Webster Online – Chouse
  95. ^ Merriam-Webster Unabridged – Corsac
  96. ^ Merriam-Webster Unabridged – Cosaque
  97. ^
  98. ^ Merriam-Webster Unabridged – Desemer
  99. ^ – Devsirme
  100. ^ Encyclopædia Britannica Online – Topic: Devsirme
  101. ^ Merriam-Webster Online – Dey
  102. ^ Merriam-Webster Online – Dolma
  103. ^ Merriam-Webster Online – Dolman
  104. ^ The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language – Dolman
  105. ^ "dolmus." Oxford English Dictionary. 2nd edition. 1989.
  106. ^ Merriam-Webster Online – Domra
  107. ^ Encyclopædia Britannica Online – Domra
  108. ^ The Oxford Essential Dictionary of Foreign Terms in English – Doner kebab
  109. ^ – Doner kebab
  110. ^ Merriam-Webster Online – Donmeh
  111. ^ Encyclopædia Britannica Online – Donme
  112. ^ Merriam-Webster Online – Donum
  113. ^ – Donum
  114. ^ Antlion Pit – Doodle
  115. ^ Merriam-Webster Online – Dunam
  116. ^ – Dunam
  117. ^ ABSP – Turkish words – Elchee
  118. ^ Merriam-Webster Unabridged – Eleme figs
  119. ^ Merriam-Webster Unabridged – Galiongee
  120. ^ Merriam-Webster Unabridged – Ganch
  121. ^ Merriam-Webster Unabridged – Gilet
  122. ^ Merriam-Webster Unabridged – Haremlik
  123. ^ Merriam-Webster Online – Horde
  124. ^
  125. ^
  126. ^ The Oxford Essential Dictionary of Foreign Terms in English – Imam bayildi
  127. ^ Merriam-Webster Unabridged – Imbat
  128. ^ Merriam-Webster Online – Janissary
  129. ^ Merriam-Webster Unabridged – Jelick
  130. ^ Merriam-Webster Unabridged – Jettru
  131. ^
  132. ^ – Kaique
  133. ^ – Kangal
  134. ^ – Kangal
  135. ^ Merriam-Webster Unabridged – Karabagh
  136. ^ – Karabash
  137. ^ – Karabash
  138. ^ Merriam-Webster Unabridged – Karadagh
  139. ^ – Karagane
  140. ^ Vasmer's Etymological Dictionary – Karagan
  141. ^ Merriam-Webster Online – Karakul
  142. ^ Merriam-Webster Unabridged – Karakurt
  143. ^ Merriam-Webster Unabridged – Kasseri
  144. ^ Merriam-Webster Online – Kavass
  145. ^ – Kavass
  146. ^ Merriam-Webster Online – Kazak
  147. ^ The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language – Kefir
  148. ^
  149. ^ – Kelek
  150. ^ Merriam-Webster Unabridged – Kendyr
  151. ^ Vasmer's Etymological Dictionary – Kendyr
  152. ^
  153. ^ The Concise Dictionary of English Etymology – Ketch
  154. ^ Merriam-Webster Online – Khagan
  155. ^ Merriam-Webster Online – Khan
  156. ^ Merriam-Webster Online – Khanum
  157. ^ Merriam-Webster Online – Khatun
  158. ^ – Khatun
  159. ^ Merriam-Webster Unabridged – Kibitka
  160. ^ The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language – Kielbasa
  161. ^ – Kilij
  162. ^ Merriam-Webster Online – Kiosk
  163. ^ Merriam-Webster Unabridged – Kipchak
  164. ^ Merriam-Webster Unabridged – Kis Kilim
  165. ^ Merriam-Webster Online – Kizilbash
  166. ^ Encyclopædia Britannica Online – Kizilbash
  167. ^ The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language – Knish
  168. ^ Merriam-Webster Unabridged – Kok-saghyz
  169. ^ Merriam-Webster Unabridged – Komitadji
  170. ^ Merriam-Webster Unabridged – Konak
  171. ^ Vasmer's Etymological Dictionary – Krym
  172. ^ Merriam-Webster Unabridged – Krym-saghyz
  173. ^ Merriam-Webster Unabridged – Kulah
  174. ^ Merriam-Webster Unabridged – Kulak
  175. ^ Vasmer's Etymological Dictionary – Kulak
  176. ^ Merriam-Webster Unabridged – Kulan
  177. ^ Merriam-Webster Online – Kumiss
  178. ^ Merriam-Webster Unabridged – Kurbash
  179. ^ – Kurbash
  180. ^ Merriam-Webster Online – Kurgan
  181. ^ Merriam-Webster Unabridged – Kurus
  182. ^
  183. ^ Merriam-Webster Unabridged – Ladik
  184. ^ Merriam-Webster Unabridged – Latten
  185. ^ [1]
  186. ^ Merriam-Webster Unabridged – Lokshen
  187. ^ Merriam-Webster Unabridged – Mammoth
  188. ^ The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language – Martagon
  189. ^
  190. ^ Merriam-Webster Unabridged – Nagaika
  191. ^ Merriam-Webster Unabridged – Oda
  192. ^ Merriam-Webster Online – Odalisque
  193. ^ Merriam-Webster Unabridged – Ghuz
  194. ^ Merriam-Webster Online – Osmanli
  195. ^ Merriam-Webster Unabridged – Ottoman
  196. ^ Merriam-Webster Unabridged – Paklava
  197. ^ Merriam-Webster Unabridged – Parandja
  198. ^
  199. ^ Merriam-Webster Online – Pasha
  200. ^ Merriam-Webster Online – Pashalic
  201. ^ in an articlePashalicEncyclopædia Britannica Online – use of
  202. ^ DEX Online – Pastrama
  203. ^ Merriam-Webster Unabridged – Petcheneg
  204. ^ Vasmer's Etymological Dictionary – Pechenegi
  205. ^
  206. ^ Merriam-Webster Unabridged – Pul
  207. ^ Merriam-Webster Unabridged – Kajar
  208. ^
  209. ^ The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language – Sabot
  210. ^ – Saic
  211. ^ – Saiga
  212. ^ The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language – Saiga
  213. ^ The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language – Saker
  214. ^ The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language – Samiel
  215. ^ Merriam-Webster Online – Sanjak
  216. ^ in Ottoman BosniaSanjakEncyclopædia Britannica Online –
  217. ^ – Sarma
  218. ^ Encyclopædia Britannica Online – Sarma in Balkan cuisine
  219. ^ Merriam-Webster Unabridged – Saxaul
  220. ^ Vasmer's Etymological Dictionary – Saksaul
  221. ^ – Selamlik
  222. ^ Merriam-Webster Unabridged – Seljuk
  223. ^ – Seraskier
  224. ^ The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language – Sevruga
  225. ^ Merriam-Webster Unabridged – Shabrack
  226. ^ Merriam-Webster Online – Shagreen
  227. ^ Merriam-Webster Online – Shashlik
  228. ^ – Shawarma
  229. ^ Merriam-Webster Online – Shish
  230. ^
  231. ^ Merriam-Webster Online – Shish Kebab
  232. ^ Merriam-Webster Unabridged – Shor
  233. ^ Merriam-Webster Online – Som
  234. ^ Merriam-Webster Unabridged – Taiga
  235. ^ The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language – Taiga
  236. ^
  237. ^ Merriam-Webster Unabridged – Taranchi
  238. ^ Merriam-Webster Unabridged – Tarantass
  239. ^ – Tarbush
  240. ^ Merriam-Webster Unabridged – Tarkhan
  241. ^ Merriam-Webster Unabridged – Tarpan
  242. ^ Vasmer's Etymological Dictionary – Tarpan
  243. ^ The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language – Tatar/Tartar
  244. ^ Merriam-Webster Unabridged – Tau-saghyz
  245. ^ – Tavla
  246. ^ Merriam-Webster Unabridged – Tekke
  247. ^ Merriam-Webster Unabridged – Tenge
  248. ^ Merriam-Webster Unabridged – Tepe
  249. ^ – Tepe
  250. ^ Turkic Etymology – Tepö
  251. ^ Merriam-Webster Unabridged – Terek
  252. ^ Vasmer's Etymological Dictionary – Terek
  253. ^ Merriam-Webster Unabridged – Theorbo
  254. ^
  255. ^ The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language – Toman
  256. ^ The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language – Tovarich
  257. ^ Encyclopædia Britannica Online – Ottoman Coins
  258. ^ Al-Damurdashi's Chronicle of Egypt – Tughra
  259. ^ The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language – Tungus
  260. ^ Merriam-Webster Online – Turk
  261. ^ The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language – Turki
  262. ^ Merriam-Webster Online – Turquoise
  263. ^ Merriam-Webster Unabridged – Tuzla
  264. ^
  265. ^ The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language – Ugrian
  266. ^ Merriam-Webster Online – Uhlan
  267. ^
  268. ^ Merriam-Webster Unabridged – Urman
  269. ^ Merriam-Webster Unabridged – Ushak
  270. ^ Merriam-Webster Unabridged – Yardang
  271. ^ – Yardang
  272. ^ Merriam-Webster Online – Yarmulke
  273. ^ Merriam-Webster Online – Yashmak
  274. ^ Merriam-Webster Online – Yataghan
  275. ^ Merriam-Webster Online – Yogurt
  276. ^ Merriam-Webster Online – Yurt
  277. ^ Merriam-Webster Unabridged – Yuruk
  278. ^ Merriam-Webster Unabridged – Zill
  279. ^ – Zill
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