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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.]


(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]


(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]
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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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.
said the Tatar, bending down to Levin, like a nurse speaking to a child.
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.
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.
For Crimean Tatars, correspondingly, the adoption of Ukrainian culture strengthens positive attitudes toward other ethnic groups who have similar cultures and decreases ethnocentric view.
Wayne Dowler's book examines the late imperial debate about Russification as it centered on the problem of primary education for non-Russian easterners, in particular the Mar, Mordvins, Chuvash, Udmurts, Tatars, Bashkirs, Kalmyks, and K azakhs of the Kazan school district, one of the largest and most ethnically diverse of the Russian "East.
The Krimsky Tatars call themselves the indigenous people of Crimea, with a 500-year history and culture dating back to the establishment of the independent Crimean Khanate in the late fifteenth century.
This rebirth of Islam is obvious in Tatarstan, an autonomous republic of the Russian Federation, where half the population are Tatars, a muslim people since the 10th century.
Special emphasis was placed at the meeting on reassurance of support for Crimean Tatars who have suffered from the seizure of Crimea.