Definition of Corsican in English:



  • Relating to Corsica, its people, or their language.

    • ‘Thanks to the European Union, vessels from Sardinia can operate without hindrance in Corsican waters, and the island of Levezzi falls easily within the range of a day's diving trip, even for a vessel that makes only stately progress.’
    • ‘The gardens contain Corsican pine trees and many different Victorian ornamental plants: rhododendrons line some of the many paths that criss-cross the park.’
    • ‘The same gritty determination of Corsican folk, which spurred Napoleon to expand France's empire, can be found in Spinetta.’
    • ‘Superb water clarity makes Corsican diving particularly attractive to photographers.’
    • ‘It is intimate, vibrant and full of Gallic charm and includes some extraordinary contemporary Corsican songs that provide a chance to explore this untapped treasure of European music.’
    • ‘Last year we collected enough cards to receive 200 trees, including alder, ash and Corsican pine which we planted at Croft Wood around the corner from our head office.’
    • ‘The landscape here has its own vocabulary: pozzines is the Corsican word for ‘rivulets in spongy turf’.’
    • ‘The Corsican language will be given equal status with French and be taught from the first school year.’
    • ‘A visit to the 13 th-century citadel that houses the Musée de la Corse - dedicated to Corsican culture - is a must.’
    • ‘Friends characterized him as a secretive, solitary type who had spent a previous vacation alone in the Corsican mountains.’
    • ‘Autumn is also the time for celebration, when far-flung Corsican families get together for the festival of la Toussaint - All Saints, at the end of October.’
    • ‘It emanates from the mouths of several twenty-something Corsican women, their cascades of black curls bouncing on bronzed shoulders with the rhythm of the train.’
    • ‘On his return to Britain, he wrote a book about the island and repeatedly petitioned the government to back the Corsican rebellion.’
    • ‘There was the memorable occasion when we did manage a carefree drive along the coast before deciding to lunch in a fetching Corsican port.’
    • ‘Bond's journey takes him to an underwater brush with death, a chase through the Corsican wilderness and a final confrontation with his adversary.’
    • ‘Allied to the enforcement regime was a policy which, put simply, was an attempt to purchase Corsican affections with huge subsidies.’
    • ‘As we drifted down, the first visitors of the day on a regularly dived but far from overcrowded Corsican wreck, it was hard to tell to what extent our arrival was being noted by the local marine life.’
    • ‘Shortlists are available for regional food (including Alsatian and Corsican groceries), specialty food stores and holiday food stores.’
    • ‘There is also fierce opposition to obligatory teaching of the Corsican language.’
    • ‘Napoleon Bonaparte, a Corsican lieutenant, had himself crowned Emperor of France.’


  • 1A native or inhabitant of Corsica.

    • ‘The festival of la Toussaint is the essential time of reunion for Corsicans, more so than at Christmas.’
    • ‘With the offence committed straight in front of the assistant referee, the Corsican's interest in the contest seemed certain to end at this moment.’
    • ‘The Corsicans stood out: ‘He who tells the truth will never be unhappy,’ they say.’
    • ‘Ancient burial mounds and mysterious stone monoliths date the first Corsicans as far back as six to seven thousand years BC, though it took the Greeks and Romans to establish the island's commercial reputation.’
    • ‘His composure and distribution are complemented by the Corsican, a natural left-footed player.’
    • ‘With the promise of land, Greek colonists primarily from Mani in the south of Greece, as well as Italians, Minorcans, and Corsicans, began arriving in Florida on June 26, 1768.’
    • ‘‘I really don't care what happens to them in the end,’ the Corsican snapped.’
    • ‘With such a strong French and Italian influence, it's no surprise Corsicans are passionate about food.’
    • ‘The Corsicans up here are highlanders, and you have to take them as they are.’
    • ‘Actually, the Corsicans think that the British, because they are islanders, too, are similar to them.’
    • ‘At Austerlitz, the main armies of Russia and Austria were destroyed by the Corsican in a battle generally regarded as Bonaparte's most brilliant victory.’
    • ‘Conflict between the centralized state and regional groups such as the Corsicans, Bretons, and Basques heightened toward the end of the twentieth century, when political autonomy became a major movement.’
  • 2[mass noun] The language of Corsica, which originated as a dialect of Italian.

    • ‘At the same time the national language, Corsican, which was essentially oral and spoken by the people, began to be written.’
    • ‘Napoleon's first language was Corsican and he frequently swore in it.’
    • ‘First, it was not exclusive, in that foreigners could become French by acquiring citizenship; secondly, it was not exclusive, in that one could be both French and Breton, or Occitan, or Corsican, or Limousin.’
    • ‘Regional languages and dialects such as Breton, Catalan, Corsican, Basque, Alsatian, and Flemish are still in use, and some are taught in regional schools.’
    • ‘The article reports that in recent years greater tolerance has allowed for more teaching of Occitan, Basque, Corsican and Alsation in France's schools.’