Definition of Kartvelian in English:

Kartvelian

Pronunciation /kärtˈvēlēən/ /kɑrtˈviliən/

adjective

  • Relating to or denoting a small group of languages spoken in the region of the Caucasus, of which the most widely used is Georgian; South Caucasian.

    ‘In the southern and eastern regions, the state of Kartli united tribes that spoke the Kartvelian language.’
    • ‘The Kartvelian languages are considered to be closely related and descended from a common language.’
    • ‘It coordinates research and assists foreign students and scholars interested in various Kartvelian fields.’
    • ‘Among the other Kartvelian languages Laz is spoken in Turkey.’
    • ‘The paper deals with the sociolinguistic attributes of the dialects of the Kartvelian languages, their functions and status inside and outside Georgia.’

Origin

From Georgian k'art'velebi ‘Georgians’+ -ian.