In Romanian the word for a satchel, school bag or briefcase is ghiozdan [giˈozdan]. When I learnt this, I wondered where it might come from – it certainly doesn’t look Latin or Slavic.
Ghiozdan actually comes from the Turkish word cüzdăn (wallet, billfold, purse, pocket book).
A related word is servietă (briefcase), which comes from the French serviette (towel, napkin, serviette, briefcase).
There are in fact quite a few Romanian words borrowed from Turkish, including:
– bacșiș = tip, gratuity; baksheesh. From bahşiş (tip)
– basma = handkerchief. From the Turkish basma (printed cloth)
– degeaba = for nothing, for free; in vain. From the Turkish caba (effort)
– liliac = lilac; bat. From the Turkish leylak (lilac)
– murdar = dirty. From the Turkish murdar (uncleanly)