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Ossete Line breaks: Os¦sete
Pronunciation: /ˈɒsiːt/

Definition of Ossete in English:

noun

1A native or inhabitant of Ossetia.
Example sentences
  • Those who speak non-Turkic languages include Kurds, Armenians, Greeks, Circassians, Georgians, Laz, Arabs, Rom, Ossetes, Albanians, and Chechens.
  • The author does not include Nart sagas from other ethnic groups among whom the sagas are strongly represented, namely the Ossetes, Balkars and Karachays, nor those weakly represented, such as the Ingush, Chechens or Svans.
  • Ethnic Ossetes also declared their own separate republic in the north, while, in the south, Azeri and Armenian minorities complained of discrimination and occasionally rumbled about breaking away.
2 another term for Ossetian (the language).
Example sentences
  • The intelligence community has almost no knowledge of the rebarbative languages spoken in or around Afghanistan: Pashto, Farsi, Dari, Tajik, Azgari, Uzbek, Turkmen, Berber, Aimaq, Baluchi, Ossete, and Yaghnobi.

adjective

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Relating to Ossetia or the Ossetes.
Example sentences
  • The Ossete mountaineers and the villagers of Mtiuleti were forced to toil without payment.

Derivatives

Ossetic

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adjective& noun
Example sentences
  • He shows how Sanskrit influenced the writing system of Japanese, and that the Scythian language of ancient times survives today as Ossetic.
  • Here is an interesting segment on Ossetic culture featuring a professor from South Ossetia.
  • To anyone who is of Ossetic descent or would like to learn more about Ossetians or Ossetic culture, please join my newly created group.

Origin

From Russian osetin, from Georgian.

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