seaport in W Turkey, on the Aegean Sea: former name Smyrna
A city of western Turkey on the Gulf of Izmir, an inlet of the Aegean Sea. Settled during the Bronze Age, Izmir is now a major port and an industrial center.x
- The spelling Izmir is technically incorrect because Turkish has two forms of the letter i, namely İ (whose lower-case form is i) and I (whose lower-case form is ı). Because the two letters are pronounced very differently, the Turkish pronunciation for Izmir would be *[ˈɯʐmiɾ], approximated in English as [ˈuzmɪɚ] (o͞ozʹmîr).
OriginSee also: İzmir
From the Turkish İzmir.