Definitions for kirghizkɪrˈgiz

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

Kir•ghizkɪrˈgiz(n.)(pl.)-ghiz•es or -giz•es; -ghiz or -giz.

or Kir•giz

  1. a member of a Turkic people of Central Asia, living mainly in Kirghizia, Tadzhikistan, and the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region in W China.

    Category: Peoples

  2. the language of the Kirghiz.

    Category: Peoples

Princeton's WordNet

  1. Kirghiz, Kirgiz, Khirghiz(noun)

    a member of a people of Turkic speech and Mongolian race inhabiting vast regions of central Siberia

  2. Kyrgyzstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Kirghizia, Kirgizia, Kirghiz, Kirgiz, Kirghizstan, Kirgizstan(noun)

    a landlocked republic in west central Asia bordering on northwestern China; formerly an Asian soviet but became independent in 1991

  3. Kirghiz, Kirgiz, Khirghiz(noun)

    the Turkic language spoken by the Kirghiz


  1. Kirghiz(ProperNoun)

    A language of Kyrgyzstan.

  2. Kirghiz(ProperNoun)

    Turkish ethnic group in Kyrgyzstan.

  3. Origin: Possibly from the Kyrgyz words "кырк кыз" (forty girls), a reference to the Manas epic unifying forty small tribes against the Chinese and the Muslim expansion; or possibly from "кырк ууз" (the forty tribes); or possibly from "кыргыс" (imperishable, inextinguishable, undying).

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Kirghiz

    a nomadic Turkish people occupying the Kirghiz steppes, an immense tract E. of the Ural River and the Caspian Sea, numbering 2½ millions, adventurous, witty, and free-spirited; refuse to settle; retain ancient customs and characteristics, and are Moslems only in name.


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