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1A member of the largely Muslim people inhabiting Chechnya.
- ‘The Chechens met the Russians in urban combat in Grozny and soon Chechen snipers took a toll on Russian forces.’
- ‘The Ingush, closely related to the Chechens, are predominantly Muslim.’
- ‘The letter appears to contradict Russian claims that the Chechens made no proper demands to end the standoff.’
- ‘Others think they may be Chechens or Ingush - another Caucasus ethnic group - or even local men.’
- ‘The British Foreign Office met with a representative of the Chechens in January.’
- ‘The Chechens therefore have retained many traditional customs and practices.’
- ‘I'll have to check and see if we've had any talk with Chechens recently.’
- ‘Most were Uzbeks, but there were also Afghans, Chechens, Uighurs from China and a small number of Arabs.’
2[mass noun] The North Caucasian language of the Chechen people.
- ‘Until 1991, Chechnya had two official languages, Chechen and Russian.’
Relating to the Chechen people or their language.
- ‘The Chechen language is unique to the Caucasus region, and not related to any languages outside of this region.’
- ‘They used the Chechen language to talk with each other, but they spoke Russian to us.’
- ‘‘There were these Chechen women who were sitting next to a couple of Russian sisters and their children, and they talked,’ he says.’
- ‘But the origins of the Chechen conflict lie not in Islamic militancy but in the 19th century Chechen struggle to resist absorption by the Russian empire.’
From obsolete Russian chechen (earlier form of chechenets).
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