Definition of Lithuanian in English:



  • Relating to Lithuania or its people or language.

    • ‘The Lithuanian language was formalized at the end of the nineteenth century.’
    • ‘As the sergeant explained, all Lithuanian officers are required to learn at least one NATO language.’
    • ‘The Portugese band play the Lithuanian anthem instead of the Latvian one.’
    • ‘A child of Lithuanian Jews who emigrated to America in 1875, Berenson graduated from Harvard University in 1887.’
    • ‘Arrested twice in 1905, he joined the emigration of Lithuanian Jews to the United States.’
    • ‘The preservation of the Lithuanian language was a key concern among the initial wave of immigrants to the United States.’
    • ‘Now he has put up $100,000 for improvements to various open source software projects; and he's already paying a couple of Lithuanian programmers to build an open-source school management system.’
    • ‘Unlike Estonians and Latvians, Lithuanian tribes united and repulsed the German crusaders.’
    • ‘Fittingly, the country's print and electronic media embraced the action like never before, providing in-depth blanket coverage for the many Lithuanian fans who couldn't attend.’
    • ‘Resources are hard-pressed, but Lithuanian authorities are working closely with British and other European police forces to gather intelligence to capture gangs.’
    • ‘As we motor through the European Union in future, we will be able to change our euros into Latvian lats and Lithuanian litas.’
    • ‘In Mile End Hospital low paid men and women workers from African and Lithuanian backgrounds are united in the fight against low pay.’
    • ‘The violence was directed against a small group of Lithuanian Jews.’
    • ‘The Polish and Lithuanian leaders, assisted by a top European Union official, should try today to get both sides back to the negotiating table, and keep the protests peaceful.’
    • ‘After an uprising in 1863 the Lithuanian language was forbidden, but nationalist and strong Social Democrat movements developed from the 1880s.’
    • ‘This provided ample opportunity for a partisan war, one which would grow to near-mythic proportions for Lithuanians and the Lithuanian diaspora.’
    • ‘While walking to work they stumbled upon the Vilna Shul, an aging brick synagogue built by Lithuanian immigrants just after World War I.’
    • ‘Frank Lubin, for example, became known as ‘the godfather of Lithuanian basketball’ after he led his ancestral country to the European championship in 1939.’
    • ‘Ironically, the only unnaturalised Russians to be sent back were a community of Lithuanian miners who had settled in Scotland.’
    • ‘Similarly, the Economic Minister of Lithuania has been negotiating with a Russian oil company to exchange Lithuanian oil profits for Russian crude oil.’


  • 1A native or citizen of Lithuania, or a person of Lithuanian descent.

    • ‘The Czechs, East Germans, Estonians, Lithuanians, Nicaraguans, Poles, and Russians who tried to dismantle their respective secret police systems had few guideposts and no precedents to follow.’
    • ‘When the Moroccans began to organize after a Spanish pogrom against them two years ago, the farmers began to bring in Ecuadoreans, Lithuanians and Ukrainians to replace them.’
    • ‘Historically, relations with other ethnic groups have been amicable; this is perhaps because over 80 percent of citizens are ethnic Lithuanians.’
    • ‘In the years since independence, Lithuanians, industrious and entrepreneurial, have made their country the most successful former Soviet republic.’
    • ‘Nevski was also very successful in holding at bay the Germans and Tatars as well as the Lithuanians and Finns, all of who were aspiring to gain territory in Russia.’
    • ‘Like other Eastern European immigrants, Lithuanians were exploited for labor purposes.’
    • ‘Russians, Lithuanians, Croats, Serbs, and Poles each accounted for 3 percent to 4 percent of the workforce.’
    • ‘Until the 1930 census, the U.S. government lumped Latvians in with Lithuanians and Russians.’
    • ‘Nigerians, Russians and Lithuanians are also in the centre.’
    • ‘The Russians and Lithuanians were quite active as well, firing one rider after the next off the front.’
    • ‘The entire region was plundered in the following centuries by invading Poles, Lithuanians, Swedes, Germans, and most recently Russians.’
    • ‘The ancient Lithuanians worshiped many gods and believed that forests and fires were sacred.’
    • ‘Deportation now awaits the six Latvians, two Lithuanians, four Russians, four Moldovans and two Ukrainians who were detained at Kendal and Penrith police stations after the raids.’
    • ‘A lot of the eastern Europeans in Killarney, Lithuanians and so on, would have played a very good standard at home.’
    • ‘Not reading Lithuanian, though, we didn't understand the sign that clearly stated that on the gates, and so were literally pushed out by the guards, the first grumpy Lithuanians we have come across.’
    • ‘The last pagans in Europe, Lithuanians eventually accepted Catholicism as part of a strategic alliance with Poland in the fourteenth century.’
    • ‘However, over the three-year Nazi occupation, occupation authorities succeeded in recruiting or capturing tens of thousands of Lithuanians to work in Germany or serve in the military.’
    • ‘Newly arrived Poles generally had their closest contacts outside Polish Americans with their former European neighbors: Czechs, Germans, and Lithuanians.’
    • ‘We have invited Africans, Lithuanians and Polish along and are hoping their ethnic floats will bring some life to the parade.’
    • ‘In shops and restaurants the Lithuanians are polite and some younger staff try out their English.’
  • 2mass noun The language of Lithuania, which belongs to the Baltic branch of the Indo-European family and has about 3.5 million speakers.

    • ‘The first book written in Lithuanian was published in 1547, and Vilnius University was founded in 1579.’
    • ‘But strong words have the same effect in English, Lithuanian or any language.’
    • ‘The inter-war period gave birth to a comprehensive system of education with Lithuanian as the language of instruction and the development of the press, literature, music, arts, and theater.’
    • ‘The languages causing the headache for Brussels are Slovenian, Latvian and Lithuanian, all official languages in nations which joined the EU in May.’
    • ‘The official language of the country is Lithuanian, and the country's flag consists of three equal horizontal bands - yellow on the top, green in the middle, and red on the bottom.’
    • ‘The bottle offered Russian, Lithuanian, Latvian and Estonian translations.’
    • ‘Somewhat less famous was another lord, Paszkiewicz, or Poszka, who wrote poems in Lithuanian in praise of an oak tree which grew on his estate, to which he gave the name Baublis.’
    • ‘He is the first member of his family to come to the United States from Lithuania, and speaks English, Lithuanian, Polish, and Russian.’
    • ‘The official language is Lithuanian, one of two remaining languages in the Baltic branch of the Indo-European languages.’
    • ‘Furthermore, each ethnic minority - Polish, Ukrainian, and Lithuanian - also speaks its own language.’
    • ‘He is a little Polish man who speaks Lithuanian and who works as a pants-finisher in the ghetto district.’
    • ‘These languages include Chinese, Hindi / Urdu, Japanese, Juang, Korean, Icelandic, Lithuanian, and Russian.’
    • ‘Fifteen minutes later, the machine comes back with a history of the Afghan hound in several languages, including Lithuanian.’
    • ‘For the odours in these ghastly charnel houses there may be words in Lithuanian, but there are none in English.’
    • ‘Before they could interview the people involved properly, the police had to find language experts who could translate between Estonian, Lithuanian and English.’
    • ‘Millions of people will continue to speak Italian, Greek, Latvian, Estonian, Lithuanian, Vietnamese, Lebanese and the world's many other languages when they die out in Australia.’
    • ‘Speakers of African language Lingala, Persian language Farsi, Lithuanian and Somali are among those needed.’
    • ‘Remus speaks English and Lithuanian fluently, and didn't have to take up Irish because he was over the age of 10 when he joined Rockfield national school.’
    • ‘Latvian, along with Lithuanian, is considered part of the small Baltic language group of the Indo-European family.’
    • ‘He studied more than fifteen languages, including Hebrew, Hungarian, Arabic, and Lithuanian.’