Giaour

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Giaour An infidel; -- a term applied by Turks to disbelievers in the Mohammedan religion, especially Christrians.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n giaour An infidel: used by the Turks to designate an adherent of any religion except the Mohammedan, more particularly a Christian, and so commonly that it does not necessarily imply an insult.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Giaour jowr infidel, a term applied by the Turks to all who are not of their own religion.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Turk. giaur, an infidel, Per. gawr, another form of ghebr, fire worshiper. Cf. Kaffir Gheber
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Turk. jawr—Ar. káfir, an infidel.

Usage

In literature:

We call you dogs and giaours.
"Middy and Ensign" by G. Manville Fenn
Could it be intended for the Giaours?
"The Pacha of Many Tales" by Frederick Marryat
Death to the Giaours!
"The Son of Monte-Cristo, Volume I (of 2)" by Alexandre Dumas père
What is your medicine, Giaour?
"Paul Patoff" by F. Marion Crawford
Don't you remember Byron's lines about it in the Giaour?
"Julian Home" by Dean Frederic W. Farrar
Temple (Harry Leroy) on a passage in the Giaour, 162.
"Notes and Queries, Index of Volume 5, January-June, 1852" by Various
The chiefs of the Giaours pay them to destroy their country.
"The Lion of Janina" by Mór Jókai
May you be burned alive, you godless giaour!
"The Golden Age in Transylvania" by Mór Jókai
Every Mahomedan would deem it a religious duty to slay the Giaours, and they would all perish miserably.
"The Great Mogul" by Louis Tracy
The Jihun now enters a remarkable defile which separates Taurus from the Giaour Dagh, and reaches the Cilician Plain near Budrun.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 7" by Various
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In poetry:

As into Giaour lands
With Dervish faith and rite,
Hueless, a Saracen,
He flies.
"Swallow" by Padraic Colum
"When on whir
Of Tecbir
Allah's wrath flies,
And the power
Of the Giaour
A blasted leaf lies!
"Abu Midjan" by George MacDonald
Has treason scaled the harem's wall,
Whose height might treason's self appal,
And slavery's daughter fled his power,
To yield her to the daring Giaour?
"The Bakchesarian Fountain" by Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin