Definition of Moldavian in English:


Pronunciation /mälˈdāvēən/ /mɑlˈdeɪviən/ /môlˈdāvēən/ /mɔlˈdeɪviən/


  • 1A native or inhabitant of Moldavia.

    ‘We are being given no more choice about fighting violent expansionists than were the Franks and Spaniards of the 8th century or the Hungarians and Moldavians of the 16th.’
    • ‘Its cuisine betrays historical connections with Byzantine cookery, Greece, and Turkey (which effectively ruled the Moldavians for 300 years), besides the two immediate neighbours.’
    • ‘While 98% of the population are Eastern Orthodox believers, some Moldavians are Protestant and Jewish.’
    • ‘The Moldavians got back in their boat and the race began with Germany in the lead.’
    • ‘Twenty-eight suspects were arrested in the joint operation, among them Moldavians, Romanians, Armenians, Poles, Russians and Czechs.’
    • ‘He won gold after the final in which he defeated his Moldovian opponent in a clear 4-0 win after a doctor ban for the Moldavian in the first minute of the fight.’
    • ‘He notices that the Moldavian is held back - penalized with time in the guardhouse for sleeping in the repair shop.’
    • ‘After a recount, word goes around that the little Moldavian, known to be a real spy, is missing.’
  • 2The Romanian language as spoken and written (in the Cyrillic alphabet) in Moldavia.

    • ‘The Soviet authorities changed the name of the Romanian language, spoken by the majority of the population, to Moldavian.’


  • Relating to Moldavia, its inhabitants, or their language.

    ‘The Council had expressed its concern about the media situation in Moldova, requesting Moldavian authorities to ensure that press rights were respected.’
    • ‘Two Moldavian policemen were killed when they tried to stop delivery of a consignment to ethnic Gagauz militants, according to local press accounts.’
    • ‘In the introduction, Cooper reveals that at the beginning of the war Paddy was living with ‘the first great love of his life’ on a rambling Moldavian estate.’
    • ‘A gold medal in the tournament also went to another Bulgarian of Moldavian origin, who in the final in the 85 kg category, had an easy win.’
    • ‘In 1833 the Philharmonic Society began its activities in Bucharest, and three years later a Philharmonic School was founded in Iai, the Moldavian capital.’
    • ‘The three union republics of Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia, as well as the Moldavian union republic, dated from the 1940s and still had memories of old, pre-Soviet times.’
    • ‘The Soviet Union never recognized the action and created an autonomous Moldavian republic on the east side of the Dniester River in 1924.’
    • ‘In the late nineteenth century, the Moldavian poet Mihai Eminescu celebrated the country's history and culture.’
    • ‘A first attempt at trying him in the Moldavian town was abandoned because of riots.’
    • ‘The group began the revival of the Romanian language and culture, and wanted to again unite the Moldavian Republic with Romania.’
    • ‘The official language of Moldova is Romanian (with a Moldavian dialect), and the second language is Russian.’