Definition of Mordvin in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈmɔːdvɪn/

Entry from British & World English dictionary

(also Mordva /ˈmɔːdva/)

noun (plural same, Mordvins, or Mordva)

1A member of a non-Russian people inhabiting Mordvinia.
Example sentences
  • The traditional homeland of the Mordvins are the Moksha and Sura river valleys and their tributaries.
  • Today the Mordvins are scattered from western Siberia to the plains and forests that border the upper Volga.
  • The number of Mordvins and their knowledge of their mother tongue began to decrease in 1939.
2 [mass noun] The Finno-Ugric language of the Mordvin, which has two distinct dialects and over 1 million speakers altogether.


Relating to the Mordvin or their language.
Example sentences
  • The isolation of the Mordvins and their lack of access to Russian education ensured the survival of the Mordvin language, at least before 1917.
  • As you can see, especially the Mordva language has dissolved into very small areas.
  • The ancestors of Mordva people first appeared here in the mid of the first millennium of the new era.
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