Definition of Bulgarian in English:



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

    • ‘He got his international license in 2003 and is planning to help young Bulgarian footballers transfer to Western Europe.’
    • ‘In 1978, Bulgarian defector Georgi Markov was killed in London, stabbed by a poisoned umbrella point wielded by an unknown secret agent.’
    • ‘Despite these technical obstacles, Bulgarian artists had a strong presence in the VideoArchaeology program.’
    • ‘This means that Bulgarian organic farmers have a good competitive advantage on European markets.’
    • ‘All we've heard from her is how Bulgarian she is.’
    • ‘He was placed under surveillance by Special Branch detectives after he was witnessed attending a meeting with a pair of Bulgarian arms dealers who travelled to Ireland six months ago.’
    • ‘Not one normally prone to smugness, I couldn't help myself this week when I read that Bulgarian international Hristo Stoichkov is contemplating a move to Airdrie.’
    • ‘Varna, another major Bulgarian port on the Black Sea coast, has shown a modest gain in transport volumes, which it regards as a big achievement in the adverse conditions generated by the Balkan wars.’
    • ‘The coercive land collectivization in the 1950s was the topic of Bulgarian films by Docho Bodzhakov and Evgueny Mikhailov.’
    • ‘And while Bulgarian artists have managed to get noticed around the world, there are still very few occasions in India to see their canvases.’
    • ‘It also helped that all his relatives were musicians, most of them cranking out Bulgarian folk tunes on their accordions.’
    • ‘It goes without saying that music is a universal language, and any difficulties between Greg and the four Bulgarian trombonists were overcome.’
    • ‘For Isabelle, learning about Bulgarian body language has been a great experience.’
    • ‘They have had a central place in the development of the modern Bulgarian language.’
    • ‘Many Bulgarians apply Bulgarian yoghurt after hours of sunbathing to relieve their burnt skin.’
    • ‘She then studied how religion and language have influenced Bulgarian culture.’
    • ‘The local children will be waving flags and we will have bunting and Bulgarian flags lining the streets.’
    • ‘They also enjoyed the buffet of Bulgarian food.’
    • ‘I am a member of Gorani - a male archipelago singing group - we perform Georgian and Bulgarian songs in Melbourne.’
    • ‘‘As a result, Bulgarian nurses play an extremely important part in the provision of high quality healthcare services.’’


  • 1A native or inhabitant of Bulgaria, or a person of Bulgarian descent.

    • ‘What a joy to learn that Bulgarians will soon be able to travel visa-free to other European countries.’
    • ‘We all know that the new regulations will have little or no effect on the public nicotine intake of most Bulgarians.’
    • ‘Population transfers were effected, for example, between the Greeks and Bulgarians.’
    • ‘A victory in the next round on Tuesday would have sent the Bulgarians to the European finals next year.’
    • ‘At the height of his power, Greeks, Bulgarians, Serbs and Albanians swore allegiance to him.’
    • ‘Steve assisted in organising a football team that was made up of both Roma youth and native Bulgarians.’
    • ‘Seven thousand Bulgarians die annually from strokes, and most could be saved, Nachev said.’
    • ‘Greeks, Turks, Russians, and even Bulgarians tend to claim the recipe as their own.’
    • ‘The platform can be ordered in any country in Europe, so Bulgarians abroad can view local channels.’
    • ‘I think that this ability to enjoy life is one of the shared characteristics of Bulgarians and the Irish.’
    • ‘The proposal came from the Hungarian side and was accepted by the Bulgarians.’
    • ‘To make up for it, Bulgarians are the largest bread eaters in the region.’
    • ‘This is not the only British school that has recruited Bulgarians recently.’
    • ‘For some time the region was the scene of struggles between Bulgarians, Romans and Byzantines.’
    • ‘The teachers involved in the programmes are a mixture of French and Bulgarians.’
    • ‘Two weeks ago, the Bulgarians were given an additional room in the prison.’
    • ‘Italy will bear the costs of paying for the teachers of Italian, many of whom will be Bulgarians.’
    • ‘Roma people encounter more problems accessing health care than other Bulgarians.’
    • ‘Is it because the majority of Bulgarians feel that the country is not taking care of them, so why take care of the country?’
    • ‘Dutch people have become acquainted with Bulgarians from different backgrounds.’
  • 2[mass noun] The Southern Slavic language spoken in Bulgaria.

    • ‘The work - a three-part meditation on nature, life and art - has been translated into 21 languages, the most recent have been Japanese and Bulgarian.’
    • ‘Macedonian is part of the South Slavic dialect continuum at the ends of which are Serbian and Bulgarian, both of which served at one time as languages of education for many Macedonians.’
    • ‘He points out that the choir is composed mostly of French Quebecers from the Plateau who don't speak Bulgarian, Czech or Hungarian.’
    • ‘The trouble is all the material is in Bulgarian.’
    • ‘You may need to speak Bulgarian to get the words, but Dimcheva's soaring vocal and the exotic interlocking rhythms of the instruments speak volumes on their own.’
    • ‘There was a band, and people were in a great mood, speaking both English and Bulgarian.’
    • ‘As we could not respond in Bulgarian, we resorted to just replying, ‘Hallelujah!’’
    • ‘Although he is now fluent in Bulgarian, Matt still confuses the odd word from time to time.’
    • ‘In the late-eighteenth century, secular writings began to be written using a more accessible modern vernacular Bulgarian.’
    • ‘I've just found the language codes for Google, and Bulgarian is bg.’
    • ‘Of course this is done in Bulgarian as this is the language spoken in this country.’
    • ‘Episode 17 now has subtitles for those that do not speak Bulgarian.’
    • ‘After all you all have at least one Bulgarian speaking colleague or friend.’
    • ‘He died in 1902; his poetry is still in print today, not just in English but also in other languages including Russian, Japanese, Thai, Bulgarian, Romanian and Chinese.’
    • ‘It seems like no matter where I go, I always end up stuck behind a large refugee family, blocking the pathway as they try to translate the tube map into Bulgarian.’
    • ‘The fact that the site is only available in the Bulgarian language surprised me.’
    • ‘Loftus is helped by the fact that he's multilingual, fluent in Hebrew, Arabic and Spanish, though not - notably - in Bulgarian.’
    • ‘All the poems were in Bulgarian because it is the only language she likes to write in.’
    • ‘‘My first thought was he was speaking to me in Bulgarian or something,’ she said.’
    • ‘Macedonian is a South Slavic language closely related to Bulgarian.’