- A non-Muslim, especially a Christian; an infidel.
Etymology: From Turkish gavur, gívur, from Persian gaur, a variant of gabr, probably from Arabic (ARchar, ÙÙ) "unbeliever".
1963, Thomas Pynchon, V.:
:We men are not a race of freebooters or giaours; not when our argosies are prey and food to the evil fish-of-metal whose lair is a German U-boat.
2001, Orhan Pamuk, My Name Is Red, tr. ErdaÄ� M Gí¶knar:
:I shudder in delight when I think of two-hundred-year-old books, dating back to the time of Tamerlane, volumes for which acquisitive giaours gleefully relinquish gold pieces and which they carry all the way back to their own countries ....
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