Definition of Armenian in English:



  • Relating to Armenia or to the Armenian Church.

    • ‘Since then, there has been constant friction between the Islamic majority and the Christian Armenian minority in Nagorno Karabakh, which wanted to be part of Armenia.’
    • ‘She is Armenian - born in Cyprus, to a Lebanese mother - and says her style of cooking is ‘quite international’.’
    • ‘Tancred arrived first and was able to take the city, whose citizens were Greek and Armenian, friendly to the Crusaders.’
    • ‘The 40 young musicians have also performed their repertoire of Armenian, European and American music in France, Spain, Hungary, Austria and Italy.’
    • ‘The Old City is divided into quarters: Jewish, Christian, Muslim, and Armenian.’
    • ‘Ninety-five percent of the population is Arab, 4 percent is Armenian, and other ethnic backgrounds comprise the remaining 1 percent.’
    • ‘In the mid-eleventh century, Armenian bishops were active in Iceland and there were small churches on Greenland, albeit not in the Scandinavian outposts along the North American seaboard.’
    • ‘There are a small number of Uniates, Seventh-Day Adventists, Baptists, Pentecostalists, Armenian Apostolics, and Molokans.’
    • ‘What I failed to realize is that Glendale is probably about 50% Armenian, which is good inasmuch as it means there are many delectable restaurants in the area.’
    • ‘Because she seeks a truly inclusive theology, however, the author seeks to connect Armenian experiences with the suffering of other groups.’
    • ‘There are similar statistics for the historic Armenian quarter in Jerusalem and the Coptic Christian minority in Egypt.’
    • ‘For generations, the people of the Armenian village of Bayzit, located at the foot of Mount Ararat, have told of how a mountain shepherd found a large wooden ship high up on the mountain.’
    • ‘The 81-year-old pontiff flew to the Armenian capital of Yerevan from Kazakhstan on the fourth day of a six-day trip to the two former Soviet republics.’
    • ‘In April of 1992, Kozlov led a coup and silently took control of the base during that time when Armenian forces moved into Georgia to occupy the Lachin corridor.’
    • ‘There are also small numbers of Armenian, Syrian, and Greek Orthodox Christians.’
    • ‘Whenever I try to arrive in the church early to avoid the crowds, there is an Armenian ceremony going on in the grotto.’
    • ‘Alexander Arutianian, like Aram Khachaturian, is Armenian.’
    • ‘The country's Christian population includes Catholics, Anglicans, and Protestants of mainly Armenian and Assyrian descent.’
    • ‘Today the Turkish government prevents scholars from working in the fields of Armenian archaeology and demographics.’
    • ‘Their population was not replaced, but rather reinforced with Armenian, Georgian, and Jewish workers, who were brought there by against their will.’


  • 1A native of Armenia, or a person of Armenian descent.

    • ‘In the Caucasus, the Armenians expelled their Azeris, the Azeris expelled their Armenians and the Abkhazians chased out their Georgians.’
    • ‘There was a mass exodus of Greeks and Armenians from Constantinople, as from the rest of Turkey.’
    • ‘Some believe that Armenians are native to the Anatolian Highlands and the Ararat Valley of west-central Asia.’
    • ‘Many Georgian Americans have intermarried with Armenians, Russians, Jews, and Ukrainians.’
    • ‘All the Armenians soldiers in Ethiopia are pushing Mardekian to win, because they want a symbolic vengeance against the Turks.’
    • ‘In 1989, Russians and Armenians each made up 5.6 percent of the population.’
    • ‘The Armenians and Greeks preceded the Jews in taking advantage of the Ottoman reforms and modernizing their educational system.’
    • ‘It was only when Russia started assimilating land in that region that Armenians decided to side with them and become enemies with the Ottomans.’
    • ‘The convent is a haven, in the same sense Israel calls itself a haven, in which descendants of Armenians who escaped Turkey's First World War massacres still live.’
    • ‘Also deported from the Crimea were 37,000 Bulgarians, Greeks, and Armenians found guilty of collaborating with the Germans.’
    • ‘This film is about the genocide perpetrated by the Turkish Army over Christian Armenians, on the territory of Russia.’
    • ‘Ethiopians are mostly Ethiopian Orthodox Christian, and Greeks and Armenians are Eastern Orthodox Christian.’
    • ‘Thus Circassians, Albanians, Slavs, Greeks, Armenians and even Italians rose to occupy the highest offices of the Empire.’
    • ‘Albanians have often been confused with other ethnic groups, such as Greeks or Armenians.’
    • ‘Yesterday, Armenians were remembering the first mass murder of civilians in the twentieth century.’
    • ‘The Armenians and the Greeks share the altar and its painting.’
    • ‘There are also urban linguistic enclaves of Armenians, Greeks, Italians, and others.’
    • ‘Last century, the world was silent when, under the Ottomans, the Armenians were systematically slaughtered.’
    • ‘Russians and Armenians were mentioned predominantly in crime-related articles.’
    • ‘We briefly visit the ornate Vank Cathedral, where Christian Armenians have worshipped since 1660.’
  • 2mass noun The Indo-European language of Armenia, spoken by around 4 million people and written in a distinctive alphabet of thirty-eight letters.

    • ‘The number of Persian, Armenian, and Greek terms in the various Romani dialects reflect their migrations, just as those related to Sanskrit and Hindi point to their common origin.’
    • ‘His Hebrew is fluent, as are his Arabic, Armenian and English.’
    • ‘I listened intently; I'd never heard Armenian spoken before.’
    • ‘The Armenian population speaks mostly Armenian or Turkish, while Assyrians speak Syriac.’
    • ‘In nineteenth-century Turkey, for instance, many Armenians were afraid that if they were heard speaking Armenian, their tongues might be cut out by Turks.’
    • ‘Other languages spoken in Iraq are Turkish, Aramaic, Kurdish, Armenian, and Persian.’
    • ‘It was also nice to hear a few snippets of Armenian in the background, even though I didn't have the slightest idea what they were talking about.’
    • ‘I did not understand a word of Armenian nor did I have a clue about the rituals involved.’
    • ‘In Turkey most people speak Turkish but there is a large Kurdish minority and traditionally there were many Armenian and Greek speakers.’
    • ‘The original sense of the term was ‘ashcake’, a bread cooked on the hearth, as related words in Pashto and Armenian make clear.’
    • ‘I speak no Armenian, but even I could tell that she was telling him that he'd put too much cheese on.’
    • ‘It's Armenian for ‘driven crazy by jabbering’’
    • ‘The monastic islet of San Lazzaro, where Byron learned Armenian - ‘so he could break his mind on something craggy’.’
    • ‘We have also acquired a controlling interest in the lexicons of both Armenian and Uzbeck, as well as a minority shareholding in several obscure Romance dialects.’
    • ‘He went on to study French, German, English, Latin, and Armenian at school.’
    • ‘The Bible was translated into Armenian in the 5th century.’
    • ‘Foreign language editions of his books include translations in Arabic, Armenian, Chinese, French, Hungarian, Russian, and Spanish.’
    • ‘One hundred fifty thousand report Armenian as the language spoken at home in 1990, up from 102,387 in 1980.’