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1A member of a people living mainly in Chuvashia.
- ‘These diverse groups lie scattered from the Caucasus and Ural mountains to eastern Siberia, and include the Tatars, Chuvash, Bashkirs, Sakha, Tuvans, Karachai, Khakass, Altays, and others.’
- ‘The first clear mention of the Chuvash by that name comes from a Russian chronicle dated 1521, when they were already well-established as a culturally distinct group.’
- ‘An inscription dated from 1307 shows that some Chuvash had converted to Islam.’
2[mass noun] The Turkic language of the Chuvash, with over a million speakers.
- ‘In the eighteenth century the Russian Orthodox Church changed tactics; the Bible was translated into Chuvash and preachers began to use the Chuvash language.’
Relating to the Chuvash or their language.
- ‘When I was in Cheboksary in May I purchased a copy of Konstantin Ivanovs Narspi, a long poem that holds a prominent place in Chuvash literature.’
- ‘The Chuvash poet recounts how Khardzhiev personally, in a single sitting, corrected the manuscript of Camilla Gray's groundbreaking The Russian Experiment in Art.’
- ‘Late Tuesday, Putin confirmed that Nikolai Fyodorov would serve a fourth term as president of the Chuvash republic.’
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