Meaning of Mordvin in English:


Pronunciation /ˈmɔːdvɪn/

nounplural noun Mordvin, plural noun Mordvins, plural noun Mordva

(also Mordva)
  • 1A member of a non-Russian people inhabiting Mordvinia.

    ‘The traditional homeland of the Mordvins are the Moksha and Sura river valleys and their tributaries.’
    • ‘Today the Mordvins are scattered from western Siberia to the plains and forests that border the upper Volga.’
    • ‘The number of Mordvins and their knowledge of their mother tongue began to decrease in 1939.’
    • ‘In the lands of the Mordvins and Mari, river names of Baltic origin are quite rare.’
    • ‘The territory inhabited by the Mordvins became a part of what is now considered Russia in 1552, after the defeat of the Mongol horde.’
    • ‘There are about 1.2 million Mordvins living in Mordva, Russia.’
  • 2mass noun The Finno-Ugric language of the Mordvin, which has two distinct dialects and over 1 million speakers altogether.


(also Mordva)
  • Relating to the Mordvin or their language.

    ‘The isolation of the Mordvins and their lack of access to Russian education ensured the survival of the Mordvin language, at least before 1917.’
    • ‘As you can see, especially the Mordva language has dissolved into very small areas.’
    • ‘The ancestors of Mordva people first appeared here in the mid of the first millennium of the new era.’