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n. pl. A·zer·is
1. A member of a traditionally Shiite Muslim people of Azerbaijan and adjacent areas of Armenia and northern Iran; an Azerbaijani.
2. The Azerbaijani language.

[Turkish azerî, from Persian āzarī, from āzarbaijān, northwest Iran, from Arabization of Persian āzarbāyigān, alteration of āzarbādgān, from Middle Iranian āturpātakān, ultimately after Aturpāt, Atropates, the satrap of Media who became an ally of Alexander the Great and founded a dynasty that ruled northwest Iran, from the Old Iranian name Atərəpāta-, literally "protected by fire" : *ātar-, fire; see āter in Indo-European roots + pāta-, protected (from pā-, to protect); see pā- in Indo-European roots.]


(Peoples) short for Azerbaijani1


(ˌæz ər baɪˈdʒɑ ni, ˌɑ zər-)

also Az`er•bai•ja′ni•an,

n., pl. -ja•nis also -ja•ni•ans,
adj. n.
1. a member of a Turkic people living mainly in Azerbaijan and NW Iran.
2. the Turkic language of the Azerbaijanis.
3. of or pertaining to Azerbaijan, its people, or their language.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Azeri - an ethnic group living in Azerbaijan
ethnic group, ethnos - people of the same race or nationality who share a distinctive culture
azerbaidžanilainenazeriazerin kieli
Azerazerski jezik
azerbaidžaniečiaiazerbaidžaniečiųazerbaidžaniečių kalbaazerbaidžanietėazerbaidžanietės
azerazerălimba azeră


A. ADJazerí
B. N
1. (= person) → azerí mf
2. (Ling) → azerí m
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This conflict escalated into a full-fledged war--the Nagorno-Karabakh War--in the late 1980s and early 1990s resulting in the forced displacement of an estimated one million Azeris, some of whom had been living in neighboring Armenia but the majority of whom had been living in the region of Nagorno-Karabakh and adjacent districts within Azerbaijan.
The original Azeris were Zoroastrian and the origin of an ancient Persian Empire based on the Aryan race (one of the Indo-European ethnic groups).
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The Islamic Republic has sentenced five ethnic Azeris to nine-year prison terms for founding an organization that advocates a referendum on the independence of Azeri-majority areas of Iran.
The region that now constitutes the Republic of Azerbaijan has witnessed a lengthy history of conflict between Azeris and ethnic Armenians living in Azerbaijan.
This division has remained intact: Armenians live in the Upper Karabakh, while Azeris (the descendants of those Turkic tribes) populate the Lower Karabakh.
While considerable progress has been made here, you know better than I there is work to be done," Clinton told about a dozen young Azeris.
The team of 26 fans are driving in time for Wales' World Cup qualifier against the Azeris on June 6 and have already raised pounds 10,000 for the Gl charity's "Baku or Bust" campaign.
While inter-ethnic violence in this region had increased at an alarming rate during the late 1980s, the declared secession of Nagorno-Karabakh sparked an all-out war between the Azeris and Armenians.
An Iranian newspaper has enraged the country's Azeri minority with a cartoon that seemed to ridicule them, sparking protests in at least two cities where many Azeris live.
The trigger was a cartoon published in a government-owned newspaper depicting Azeris, Iran's largest ethnic and linguistic minority, as "dumb cockroaches".