Definition of Bosnian in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈbɒznɪən


  • 1A native or inhabitant of the Balkan country Bosnia and Herzegovina.
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    • They successfully pulled of a prisoner snatch of a Bosnian national suspected of war crimes in June of 1998.
    • It is no surprise because Bosnia-Herzegovina is a patchwork of Christian and Muslim, Croat, Serb, and Bosnian, Orthodox and Catholic.
    • Sokolov tried a slightly different line than the one he played against Short, but once again the Bosnian drew a blank.
  • 2 [mass noun] The Slavic language of the Bosnians.
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    • Almost 95 percent of the population speaks Bosnian.
    • The company now posts all safety signs in English and Bosnian.
    • Croatian, Serbian, and Bosnian are virtually identical; the distinction among them is a matter of identity politics.


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  • Relating to Bosnia and Herzegovina, its people, or their language.
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    • That day a large group of village people gathered around a long picnic table eating barbecued lamb and singing Bosnian folk songs helped along by a drink not unlike poteen.
    • Set during the Bosnian War, the film follows three soldiers - two Bosnian and one Serb - trapped together in a trench dug between enemy lines.
    • In 1998, I became a Bosnian citizen.

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