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Ossetian

Pronunciation: /ɒˈsiːʃən/
Pronunciation: /ɒˈsɛtɪən/

noun

1 [mass noun] A language of the Iranian group spoken in the central Caucasian region of Ossetia.
Example sentences
  • 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.
Example sentences
  • 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.

adjective

Relating to Ossetia or its language.
Example sentences
  • 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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