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Latvian Syllabification: Lat·vi·an
Pronunciation: /ˈlatvēən/

Definition of Latvian in English:


Of or relating to Latvia, its people, or its language.
Example sentences
  • By the 1980s, Latvian language and culture were on the verge of extinction, and some drastic measures were needed to galvanise them after independence.
  • In free Latvia, state money has been used to restore cemeteries where Latvian SS soldiers are buried, and museums recording the occupation from 1940 to 1990 have been established.
  • The company has already received inquiries from businesses as far away as Scotland interested in recruiting Latvian workers through the company's Riga office.


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1A native or citizen of Latvia, or a person of Latvian descent.
Example sentences
  • Before that pioneering effort the Latvian was confined to the special group of openings that attract die-hard support at the amateur level, but finds no following among top players.
  • After reading your article about the Latvian Gambit, I felt well prepared for a game in our local club tournament against an opponent who has played the Latvian for more than 20 years.
  • It's obvious that you've looked at this opening far more than I have, but I simply can't agree with your assessment that the Latvian is playable.
2The Baltic language of Latvia.
Example sentences
  • The new Latvian government reinstated Latvian as the official language.
  • The show includes 120 displays of photographs, documents, relics and texts in four languages - English, Latvian, French and Welsh.
  • Amidst the Babel-like diversity, Brother Wolfgang spoke alternately in German and in English, while others translated into Latvian, French, Italian and Dutch.
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