Ottoman Turkish

language that was used in the Ottoman Empire
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Ottoman Turkish /ˈɒtəmən/, or the Ottoman language (لسان عثمانى‎ Lisân-ı Osmânî) (also known as تركچه Türkçe or تركی Türkî, "Turkish"), is a type of Turkish language that was used in the Ottoman Empire between the 13th and 20th centuries. It was heavily influenced by Arabic and Persian. It was written in the Arabic and Persian alphabets. When the Ottoman Empire was at its most powerful, Arabic and Persian words made up to 88% of its vocabulary.[3] Words of Arabic origins heavily outnumbered native Turkish words.[4]

Ottoman Turkish
لسان عثمانى
lisân-ı Osmânî
RegionOttoman Empire
Erac. 15th century - developed into Modern Turkish in 1928[1]
Early form
Arabic and Persian alphabets
Official status
Official language in
Cretan State
Emirate of Jabal Shammar
Khedivate of Egypt
Ottoman Empire
Provisional National Government of the Southwestern Caucasus
Provisional Government of Western Thrace
Turkish Provisional Government
Turkey (Until 1928)
Language codes
ISO 639-2ota
ISO 639-3ota


  1. "Turkey - Language Reform: From Ottoman To Turkish". Archived from the original on 9 April 2016. Retrieved 24 May 2016.
  2. Ãgoston, Gabor; Masters, Bruce Alan (2010-05-21). Encyclopedia of the Ottoman Empire. Infobase Publishing. ISBN 978-1-4381-1025-7.
  3. Spuler, Bertold (2003). Persian Historiography and Geography: Bertold Spuler on Major Works Produced in Iran, the Caucasus, Central Asia, India, and Early Ottoman Turkey. Pustaka Nasional Pte Ltd. p. 69. ISBN 978-9971-77-488-2.
  4. [1] Ottomans