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 (ŏz-măn′lē, ŏs-)
n. pl. Os·man·lis
1. An Ottoman Turk.
2. Ottoman Turkish.

[Ottoman Turkish 'Osmānlı (equivalent to modern Turkish Osmanlı) : 'Osmān, Osman I + -lı, adj. suff (possibly from alteration of Old Turkic -lıq).]


(Historical Terms) of or relating to the Ottoman Empire
npl -lis
1. (Historical Terms) (formerly) a subject of the Ottoman Empire
2. (Languages) the Turkish language, esp as written in Arabic letters under the Ottoman Empire
[C19: from Turkish, from Osman I]


(ɒzˈmæn li, ɒs-)

n., pl. -lis,
adj. n.
2. the language of the Ottoman Turks.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Osmanli - a Turk (especially a Turk who is a member of the tribe of Osman I)Osmanli - a Turk (especially a Turk who is a member of the tribe of Osman I)
Turk - a native or inhabitant of Turkey
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The second oldest brother, Suleiman, had allowed as to how the Osmanlis had something to learn from Europe about science and industry, particularly the acquisition of new weapons and arms, ships and cannon, only to fight the infidel better.
It was general consensus in Alanya that the frivolity introduced by the Padishah was a bad sign that once and for all Europe was going to slaughter the Osmanlis on the battlefield, and that the sensuous decay, while it kept the Janissaries and government officials entertained in Istanbul, was causing a fatal weakening of the martial spirit all over Anatolia.
The Osmanlis retained political power in the hands of a self-perpetuating elite and developed the millet or nationality system for religious minorities.