Definition of Mongolian in English:


Line breaks: Mon|go¦lian
Pronunciation: /mɒŋˈɡəʊlɪən


1A native or inhabitant of Mongolia.
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  • Totally distinct from Chinese, the languages of minority groups such as Tibetans, Uighurs and Mongolians are officially recognized and taught in schools.
  • While more than 90 percent of China is Han, the country has more than 50 ethnic minorities, including different Muslim groups, Tibetans, Koreans and Mongolians.
  • The project would displace 4,000 people, including Tibetans and Mongolians from their grazing lands and water sources.
2 [mass noun] The language of Mongolia, a member of the Altaic family with an unusual vertical cursive script. It has some 2 million speakers, and related forms are spoken by over 3 million people in northern China.
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  • The Turkmen of Iraq, some 500,000-700,000 strong, speak an Altaic language related to Mongolian and perhaps very distantly to Korean and Japanese.
  • Korean is generally thought to belong to the Altaic language family, along with Turkish, Mongolian, Japanese, and other languages.
  • Most Mongolians are Buddhist and speak Mongolian.


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Relating to Mongolia, its people, or their language.
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  • In the local Mongolian language, Lugu means falling into the water.
  • But the existence of the Mongolian language still kept me aware of the uniqueness of this nationality.
  • Cultural centers and libraries promote the Mongolian language and cultural productions in cities, towns, and even in the pastoral areas.

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