Meaning of Chuvash in English:


Pronunciation /ˈtʃuːvɑːʃ/

nounplural noun Chuvash

  • 1A member of a people living mainly in Chuvashia.

    ‘The first clear mention of the Chuvash by that name comes from a Russian chronicle dated 1521, when they were already well-established as a culturally distinct group.’
    • ‘An inscription dated from 1307 shows that some Chuvash had converted to Islam.’
    • ‘These diverse groups lie scattered from the Caucasus and Ural mountains to eastern Siberia, and include the Tatars, Chuvash, Bashkirs, Sakha, Tuvans, Karachai, Khakass, Altays, and others.’
  • 2mass noun The Turkic language of the Chuvash, with over a million speakers.

    • ‘In the eighteenth century the Russian Orthodox Church changed tactics; the Bible was translated into Chuvash and preachers began to use the Chuvash language.’


  • Relating to the Chuvash or their language.

    ‘The Chuvash poet recounts how Khardzhiev personally, in a single sitting, corrected the manuscript of Camilla Gray's groundbreaking The Russian Experiment in Art.’
    • ‘Late Tuesday, Putin confirmed that Nikolai Fyodorov would serve a fourth term as president of the Chuvash republic.’
    • ‘When I was in Cheboksary in May I purchased a copy of Konstantin Ivanov’s Narspi, a long poem that holds a prominent place in Chuvash literature.’