Tartar

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See also: tartar, tàrtar, and tårtar

English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Old French Tartaire, from Medieval Latin Tartarus (Tartar, Mongol), from Old Turkic Tatar, spelling influenced by Latin Tartarus (Hell (in Greek mythology)), from Ancient Greek Τάρταρος (Tártaros).

Noun[edit]

Tartar (plural Tartars)

  1. Alternative spelling of Tatar
  2. A member of the various tribes and their descendants of Tartary, such as Turks, Mongols and Manchus.
    • Marco Polo, Henry Yule, The Travels of Marco Polo, book 1, chapter 13:
      Persia is a great country, which was in old times very illustrious and powerful; but now the Tartars have wasted and destroyed it.
  3. (figuratively, dated) A person of a keen, irritable temper.

Adjective[edit]

Tartar (comparative more Tartar, superlative most Tartar)

  1. Of or relating to the people or culture of Tartars.
    Tartar customs

Etymology 2[edit]

From Armenian Թարթառ (Tʿartʿaṙ).

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Proper noun[edit]

Tartar

  1. one of the tributaries of the Kura River, mostly flowing through the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic
Translations[edit]

Middle French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Old French Tartar.

Noun[edit]

Tartar m (plural Tartars)

  1. Tartar (member of various Turkic tribes)

Descendants[edit]

References[edit]

  • Tartar on Dictionnaire du Moyen Français (1330-1500) (in French)