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1.)a common lastname for Croats in the bosnia region.

2.)it is also a word used for anybody who lives in the bosnia region.

3.)the slavic muslims of bosnia & hercegovina use this word as the name of their so called ethnicity to differentiate themselves from catholic Croats of BiH who consider the muslims of this area as Croats of muslim faith.

refer to Pomak for the other muslim slavs of the balkans.
hey my bosniak friend, how has things been?
by night prawler May 23, 2005
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A Bosniak is Slavic Muslim, whose native land is Bosnia & Herzegnovia, but Bosniaks Are found in other coutries notably Macedonia and Slovenia as well. The Term was created in 1993 to Replace "Muslim" as the term for the Islamic Slav inhabitants of Bosnia & Herzegnovia. Bosniaks speak Serbo-Croatian, and it can be written in either Latin or Cyrillic. Despite being Islamic, Bosniaks are not devout Muslims as with most Muslims in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, as most have Deist, Agonist, or Atheist beliefs. Islamic dress is very, very rare, and most Bosniaks consume alcohol. Bosniaks are similar to Serbs, religion Notwithstanding. THe Slav inhabitants were converted to Islam en masse by Turks in the 16th century, but the reasoning behind this is unclear. Do not listen to the moron above, Bosniaks are indeed Slavs. Bosniaks are the Majority population in Bosnia & Herzegnovia, make up 48% of the populous.
Bosniaks are the largest group of Muslim Slavs at 3.1 million but Torbeshi Macedonian Muslims Pomaks Bulgarian Muslims Sandzak Serbs, Goranski another group of Muslim Serbs Slovenian Muslims, Montenegrin Muslims, Croatian Muslims HA! blew back up in your face, Drazen and Gorani Another Group of Macedonian Muslims, who speak a languageGoran only found in their region in the entire world] also make up a sizeable majority.
by Kostantin Robf( Macedonian) February 03, 2005
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Name for slavic muslims. Bosniak is derived from the name Bosnia (because most slavic muslims originate from Bosnia). The term Bosniak actually originated sometime in the third century of Bosnia being a part of the Ottoman Empire.
That is also the reason why today one can find Bosnjak as a last name in Turkey(Bosniaks moving to Turkey at the time of Austrian annexation of Bosnia and later dates) and in other former Ottoman provinces in the middle east. Even in Croatia there are Slavic Catholics with the last name Bosnjak(which is the result of the forceful conversion of Slavic Muslims in the Krajina and Dalmatia region after that territory was lost to the Venetian Republic).
by Admir April 08, 2006
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A smelly person, u stupid muslims just came up wit that name a few years ago, it dosent mean anything!!!
Bosnian Muslims need to go back to Turkey!
by Drazen April 27, 2004
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