Definition of Ossetian in English:


Syllabification: Os·se·ti·an
Pronunciation: /əˈsetēən, äˈsēSHən


  • 1The Iranian language of the Ossetes.
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    • The principal minority languages are Abkhazian, Armenian, Azeri, Ossetian, and Russian.
    • Ossetian is spoken on the slopes of the Caucasus Mountains.
  • 2A native or inhabitant of Ossetia.
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    • During several centuries of common statehood, the Abkhaz, Armenians, Turks, and Ossetians partly preserved their cultural identities, while Albanians were fully assimilated.
    • Most Abkhazians and South Ossetians have taken out Russian citizenship and earn their living by trading with Russia.
    • Many South Ossetians have a greater affinity with the Russian region of North Ossetia than with Tbilisi.


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  • Relating to the Ossetes or their language.
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    • But, in spite of the intense piano playing, he had known since he was eight that he would be a conductor, simply because he had been told - and a good Ossetian boy does what he is told.
    • At the time of writing, neither the Abkhaz nor the Ossetian conflicts have been resolved.
    • Much information from this book has been summarised by Anna Chaudhri, who also introduced similar elements from Ossetian hunting lore.

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