Definition of Bulgarian in English:

Bulgarian

adjective

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

    • ‘They have had a central place in the development of the modern Bulgarian language.’
    • ‘It also helped that all his relatives were musicians, most of them cranking out Bulgarian folk tunes on their accordions.’
    • ‘They also enjoyed the buffet of Bulgarian food.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘All we've heard from her is how Bulgarian she is.’
    • ‘He got his international license in 2003 and is planning to help young Bulgarian footballers transfer to Western Europe.’
    • ‘This means that Bulgarian organic farmers have a good competitive advantage on European markets.’
    • ‘I am a member of Gorani - a male archipelago singing group - we perform Georgian and Bulgarian songs in Melbourne.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In 1978, Bulgarian defector Georgi Markov was killed in London, stabbed by a poisoned umbrella point wielded by an unknown secret agent.’
    • ‘Many Bulgarians apply Bulgarian yoghurt after hours of sunbathing to relieve their burnt skin.’
    • ‘The local children will be waving flags and we will have bunting and Bulgarian flags lining the streets.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘For Isabelle, learning about Bulgarian body language has been a great experience.’
    • ‘She then studied how religion and language have influenced Bulgarian culture.’
    • ‘It goes without saying that music is a universal language, and any difficulties between Greg and the four Bulgarian trombonists were overcome.’
    • ‘‘As a result, Bulgarian nurses play an extremely important part in the provision of high quality healthcare services.’’
    • ‘Despite these technical obstacles, Bulgarian artists had a strong presence in the VideoArchaeology program.’

noun

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

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

    • ‘Episode 17 now has subtitles for those that do not speak 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.’
    • ‘Macedonian is a South Slavic language closely related to Bulgarian.’
    • ‘The fact that the site is only available in the Bulgarian language surprised me.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Of course this is done in Bulgarian as this is the language spoken in this country.’
    • ‘Although he is now fluent in Bulgarian, Matt still confuses the odd word from time to time.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Loftus is helped by the fact that he's multilingual, fluent in Hebrew, Arabic and Spanish, though not - notably - in Bulgarian.’
    • ‘He points out that the choir is composed mostly of French Quebecers from the Plateau who don't speak Bulgarian, Czech or Hungarian.’
    • ‘In the late-eighteenth century, secular writings began to be written using a more accessible modern vernacular Bulgarian.’
    • ‘After all you all have at least one Bulgarian speaking colleague or friend.’
    • ‘All the poems were in Bulgarian because it is the only language she likes to write in.’
    • ‘I've just found the language codes for Google, and Bulgarian is bg.’
    • ‘‘My first thought was he was speaking to me in Bulgarian or something,’ she said.’
    • ‘As we could not respond in Bulgarian, we resorted to just replying, ‘Hallelujah!’’
    • ‘The trouble is all the material is in Bulgarian.’
    • ‘There was a band, and people were in a great mood, speaking both English and Bulgarian.’
    • ‘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.’

Pronunciation

Bulgarian

/bʌlˈɡɛːrɪən/