Definition of Mordvin in English:


(also Mordva)


  • 1A member of a non-Russian people inhabiting Mordvinia.

    • ‘Today the Mordvins are scattered from western Siberia to the plains and forests that border the upper Volga.’
    • ‘The territory inhabited by the Mordvins became a part of what is now considered Russia in 1552, after the defeat of the Mongol horde.’
    • ‘In the lands of the Mordvins and Mari, river names of Baltic origin are quite rare.’
    • ‘The traditional homeland of the Mordvins are the Moksha and Sura river valleys and their tributaries.’
    • ‘There are about 1.2 million Mordvins living in Mordva, Russia.’
    • ‘The number of Mordvins and their knowledge of their mother tongue began to decrease in 1939.’
  • 2[mass noun] The Finno-Ugric language of the Mordvin, which has two distinct dialects and over 1 million speakers altogether.


  • Relating to the Mordvin or their language.

    • ‘As you can see, especially the Mordva language has dissolved into very small areas.’
    • ‘The isolation of the Mordvins and their lack of access to Russian education ensured the survival of the Mordvin language, at least before 1917.’
    • ‘The ancestors of Mordva people first appeared here in the mid of the first millennium of the new era.’