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a. A member of a group of Turkic peoples primarily inhabiting Tatarstan in west-central Russia and parts of Siberia and Central Asia.
b. Any of the Turkic languages of the Tatars.
2. A member of any of the Turkic and Mongolian peoples of central Asia who invaded western Asia and eastern Europe in the Middle Ages. In all senses also called Tartar.

[Persian Tātār, of Turkic origin.]
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(ˈtɑːtə) or


1. (Peoples)
a. a member of a Mongoloid people who under Genghis Khan established a vast and powerful state in central Asia from the 13th century until conquered by Russia in 1552
b. a descendant of this people, now scattered throughout Russia but living chiefly in the Tatar Republic
2. (Languages) any of the languages spoken by the present-day Tatars, belonging to various branches of the Turkic family of languages, esp Kazan Tatar
(Peoples) of, relating to, or characteristic of the Tatars
[C14: from Old French Tartare, from Medieval Latin Tartarus (associated with Latin Tartarus the underworld), from Persian Tātār]
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(ˈtɑ tər)

1. a member of a modern Turkic-speaking people living in the Tatar AR and adjacent regions of E European Russia and in scattered communities in W Siberia and central Asia.
2. the language of this people.
[1805–15; see Tartar]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Tatar - a member of the Mongolian people of central Asia who invaded Russia in the 13th centuryTatar - a member of the Mongolian people of central Asia who invaded Russia in the 13th century
Mongol, Mongolian - a member of the nomadic peoples of Mongolia
2.Tatar - a member of the Turkic-speaking people living from the Volga to the Ural Mountains (the name has been attributed to many other groups)
Russian - a native or inhabitant of Russia
3.Tatar - the Turkic language spoken by the Tatar living from the Volga to the Ural Mountains
Turkic, Turkic language, Turko-Tatar, Turki - a subfamily of Altaic languages
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References in classic literature ?
Oblonsky took off his overcoat, and with his hat over one ear walked into the dining room, giving directions to the Tatar waiters, who were clustered about him in evening coats, bearing napkins.
Your excellency won't be disturbed here," said a particularly pertinacious, white-headed old Tatar with immense hips and coattails gaping widely behind.
"Porridge a la Russe, your honor would like?" said the Tatar, bending down to Levin, like a nurse speaking to a child.
"Printaniere," prompted the Tatar. But Stepan Arkadyevitch apparently did not care to allow him the satisfaction of giving the French names of the dishes.
The Tatar, recollecting that it was Stepan Arkadyevitch's way not to call the dishes by the names in the French bill of fare, did not repeat them after him, but could not resist rehearsing the whole menus to himself according to the bill:--"Soupe printaniere, turbot, sauce Beaumarchais, poulard a l'estragon, macedoine de fruits...etc.," and then instantly, as though worked by springs, laying down one bound bill of fare, he took up another, the list of wines, and submitted it to Stepan Arkadyevitch.
And the Tatar ran off with flying coattails, and in five minutes darted in with a dish of opened oysters on mother-of-pearl shells, and a bottle between his fingers.
"Not bad," he repeated, turning his dewy, brilliant eyes from Levin to the Tatar.
Even the Tatar, uncorking the bottle and pouring the sparkling wine into the delicate glasses, glanced at Stepan Arkadyevitch, and settled his white cravat with a perceptible smile of satisfaction.
Rupert Colville, Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) today told reporters in Geneva that "over the past two years, we have documented increasing persecution of Crimean Tatars. Members of the Mejilis, the representative body of the Crimean Tatar minority community, and their supporters have been intimidated, harassed and jailed, often on dubious charges".
For centuries Muslim Tatars have been part of the ethnic mosaic of the Baltic region, and scholars from the region present a rarely told narrative with insights into a cultural history that deserves to be better known.
While Tatars and pro-Ukrainians face a repressive atmosphere, increased pensions and salaries for people working in the public and military sectors have left some Crimean residents happy and supportive of Russia's annexation, with posters and images of Putin widely displayed.
TEHRAN (FNA)- Crimean Tatars condemn the anti-Russian policy of the Turkish government and demand urgent moves to resolve the conflict between the two countries, a public movement of the ethnic Tatars living on the Black Sea peninsula said in a resolution on Saturday.