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1A member of a people living in southern Siberia, Mongolia, and northern China.
- ‘Buryats have achieved a high level of education that helps equip many for work in regional industries such as aircraft manufacture.’
- ‘It is the primary religion of ethnic Buryats, Kalmyks, and Tuvans.’
- ‘The Buryat see it as a stake in the sky, and all the other stars horses tethered to it.’
- ‘Natasha and Valya are Buryat, they are cousins and run the hostel where I stayed when I got here first, the other one is Mom!’
2[mass noun] The language of the Buryat, related to Mongolian and having over 400,000 speakers.
- ‘Buryat has a variety of written styles, but as in most national languages of the USSR, its official, business and scientific styles were not developed enough to ensure its use in multiple domains.’
- ‘Most people spoke Buryat, a softer more rhythmic language with few of the harder sounds of Russian.’
- ‘My Russian was not very well developed then, and the children spoke both accented Russian and their native Buryat.’
Relating to the Buryat or their language.
- ‘So we were in good company, as we were meeting her friends, including a professor of Buryat history at the University.’
- ‘In the last decade the Buryat language situation has been the focus of research and discussion within the Buryat community.’
- ‘Nikolai's father was a businessman, half Russian and half Buryat.’
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