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Variant of Uyghur.
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or Ui•gur or Uy•ghur


n., pl. -ghurs or -gurs, (esp. collectively) -ghur or -gur.
1. a member of a Turkic people of Central Asia, living mainly in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region of W China.
2. the language of the Uighurs.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Uighur - a member of a people who speak Uighur and live in Xinjiang and adjacent areas
Sinkiang, Xinjiang, Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region - an autonomous province in far northwestern China on the border with Mongolia and Kazakhstan; the largest province in the People's Republic of China and the homeland of the Uighur people
Turki - any member of the peoples speaking a Turkic language
2.Uighur - the Turkic language spoken by approximately 7,000,000 Uighur in extreme northwestern China
Turkic, Turkic language, Turko-Tatar, Turki - a subfamily of Altaic languages
3.Uighur - the script (derived from Aramaic) used to write the Uighur language
script - a particular orthography or writing system
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Beijing often blames the ETIM for violent incidents that take place in Xinjiang but many Uighurs, who commonly refer to Xinjiang as East Turkestan, say that the Chinese government uses them as an excuse for implementing repressive security measures in the region.
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China blamed "separatists" and overseas Uighurs for orchestrating last year's unrest in the vast, arid but resource-rich region that borders Central Asia.
China's troubles with the minority Uighurs are not new.
Naval Base in Guantanamo, Cuba, where they could find fellowship with other Uighurs. Yet five Chinese Muslims wrongly detained for the past eight years now find freedom more elusive than ever.