a member of a semi-nomadic Turkic tribe who occupied a large part of southeastern Russia (Khazaria)
of or relating to Khazars
the Turkic language of the Khazar people
The origin is unknown. Attested as Arabicخزر (khazar), Byzantine Greek Χάζαροι (Khazaroi), Hebrewכוזרים (Kuzarim), LatinGazari and Cosri, Old Armenian խազիր (xazir), Old East Slavic козаринъ (kozarinŭ), Persianخزر (xazar), Russianхазар (xazár), Tatarхәзәр (xäzär), TurkishHazar, etc.
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In the epic of Firdousi Khazar is the representative name for all the northern foes of Persia, and legendary invasions long before the Christian era are vaguely attributed to them.
925), positively asserts that the Khazar tongue differed not only from the Turkish, but from that of the bordering nations, which were Ugrian.
Some too amongst the medieval authorities (Ibn Haugal and Istakhri) note a resemblance between the speech in use amongst the Khazars and the Bulgarians; and the modern Magyar - a Ugrian language - can be traced back to a tribe which in the 9th century formed part of the Khazar kingdom.
448 et seq.), at another to the Turks (c. 580), which would sufficiently explain the signs of Tatar influence in their polity, and also by the testimony of all observers, Greeks, Arabs and Russians, that there was a double strain within the Khazar nation.
But there was a Hunnic party amongst the Khazar chiefs.