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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).


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.

Etymology 2[edit]

From Armenian Թարթառ ‎(Tʿartʿaṙ).

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Proper noun[edit]


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