Definition of Hungarian in English:



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

    • ‘But, in exile in London, these radically dissimilar writers met to speak their shared language and to exchange reminiscences of Hungarian food and Hungarian music.’
    • ‘A year ago, 20 contemporary Hungarian artists, mostly working with textile, decided to revive this art form as well as their national past.’
    • ‘They found that the church served as an important social meeting point and was an institution where the Hungarian language was still valued.’
    • ‘The worm sends infected messages in Hungarian language.’
    • ‘The four main hurdles confronting an overseas investor in the Hungarian market are language, property law and title, bank funding and ongoing management of the property.’
    • ‘The Hungarian language constitutes one of the most significant national symbols.’
    • ‘The Hungarian composer carried out extensive research on the folk melodies and developed a classification system for Hungarian peasant songs.’
    • ‘In fact the whole group of migrant workers could be sacked on the spot, because, he had learned, another 400 Hungarian workers were on the way to take their place.’
    • ‘According to the author, the website, working on the grassroots principle, will become an important instrument for the writing of Hungarian history.’
    • ‘In the past five years, Hungarian pet food producers have increased their exports by more than fourfold, from about $55 million in 1999.’
    • ‘International athletics officials and the World Anti-Doping Agency could be on a collision course over allegations of a controversial drugs cover-up for two top Hungarian throwers.’
    • ‘The Hungarian language is very beautiful, but it is totally different from those of our neighbours.’
    • ‘He is, however, a student of the Hungarian language.’
    • ‘The victim was a 20-year-old Hungarian au pair, with whom he had formed a non-sexual relationship after he met her through a colleague.’
    • ‘‘I thought Hungarian food was wonderful,’ I said consolingly.’
    • ‘Originally of Hungarian stock, she was born into a wealthy Viennese family in the 1920s, educated all over the place, including three years at an English boarding school, which she adored.’
    • ‘However, this will only be useful for Hungarian language websites aimed at Hungarian readers.’
    • ‘The festival includes both new and established artists, showing the diversity of Hungarian culture.’
    • ‘Local archives house valuable deeds documenting the glory of the mediaeval city, which has witnessed the coronation of 11 Hungarian kings and eight regal wives.’
    • ‘After two or three years the foreign companies moved in and instead of investing in existing industries, simply bought up Hungarian companies with a view to closing them down and buying into the market.’


  • 1A native or inhabitant of Hungary, or a person of Hungarian descent.

    • ‘The campaigners estimate that up to a tenth of all Europeans and a quarter of all Hungarians live or work in floodplains.’
    • ‘Whether in the end it was the Hungarians who chased the Russians out or not is debatable.’
    • ‘His passing will be mourned by the Greeks, Croats, Hungarians, Italians and any other ethnic group you can name.’
    • ‘According to the national self-image, Hungarians are wine drinkers, but beer drinking is more common.’
    • ‘Why didn't those Hungarians, Czechs and Poles realise that?’
    • ‘The second was to try to beat the Hungarians at the European Championships.’
    • ‘At the same time, German troops, followed by Italians and Hungarians, invaded Yugoslavia.’
    • ‘The Hungarians finished 8th as a team, an improvement over the 1983 World Championships.’
    • ‘Any chance of the Hungarians bouncing back from that loss was shattered by events which went far beyond the disappointment of sporting defeat.’
    • ‘Trade is a two-way street and our free-trade agreements with the Poles, Czechs and Hungarians are as much an opportunity for them as for us.’
    • ‘The final results in the separate events of the combined exercises showed that the Hungarians still have their hold on the pommel horse.’
    • ‘The Poles, the Czechs, and the Hungarians made their political choice.’
    • ‘Most English people differ from Hungarians in one crucial respect.’
    • ‘Germans and Hungarians seem to be about the only peoples he liked.’
    • ‘Ethnic Hungarians, or Magyars, make up the majority of Hungary's 10 million people.’
    • ‘Poles, Hungarians, and ordinary Russians saw us as credible champions of their democratic aspirations.’
    • ‘And it's because we felt that the Hungarians had a certain black humor which translated to this particular job.’
    • ‘One-third of Hungarians then lived outside Hungary.’
    • ‘There are two opposing theories as to the origin of the Magyars, or native Hungarians.’
    • ‘The only significant ethnic minorities are Slovenes, Croats, and small numbers of Czechs and Hungarians.’
  • 2mass noun The official language of Hungary, spoken also by some 2.5 million people in Romania. Hungarian is a Finno-Ugric language and is the only major language of the Ugric branch.

    Also called Magyar
    • ‘The English language has had an impact on how Hungarian Americans speak Hungarian.’
    • ‘‘Finding interpreters who can go from Hungarian into Estonian won't be easy,’ frets one official.’
    • ‘He speaks seven languages including English, French, Italian, Dutch, Hungarian, and Romanian.’
    • ‘The emails can use a variety of different languages including English, French, Spanish and Hungarian.’
    • ‘Names in Finnish, Estonian, and Hungarian are omitted because they are not Indo-European languages.’
    • ‘However, Dr Rogers will continue to maintain interest in the college and may write books in Hungarian.’
    • ‘Estonian belongs to the Finno-Ugric linguistic group, related closely to Finnish and more distantly to Hungarian and various languages spoken in Siberia.’
    • ‘Interestingly, as seen in the last column, despite being spoken by a nation in continental Europe, Hungarian is not an Indo-European language.’
    • ‘In 1920 Hungarian was spoken by three-quarters of the population, but by 1971 only one-quarter of the population could speak the language.’
    • ‘The new languages include Czech, Danish, Dutch, Greek, Hungarian, Norwegian, Polish and Swedish.’
    • ‘In the border provinces, Italian, Slovene, Croatian, Hungarian, and Czech are also spoken.’
    • ‘He studied more than fifteen languages, including Hebrew, Hungarian, Arabic, and Lithuanian.’
    • ‘The Estonian language, along with Finnish and Hungarian, is one of the few surviving languages in the Finno-Ugric group.’
    • ‘People say that Hungarian is the language of the future, and it always will be.’
    • ‘Cox was a serious amateur philologist and had reading knowledge of the Romance languages along with Hungarian, Polish, Greek and German.’
    • ‘Compulsory language training in Hungarian was forced on Slovak children, and Hungarian became the official language.’
    • ‘His books have been translated into several languages, including German, Dutch, French, Hungarian and Japanese.’
    • ‘The songs would have to be coached by someone who knows the song style and is fluent in Hungarian, a difficult language.’
    • ‘Finnish is one of the most isolated languages of Europe, distantly related to Hungarian and Turkish but spoken by very few non-Finns.’
    • ‘Most countries in Europe have their own languages, be it Danish, Hungarian, Finnish, German, Polish, etc.’


From medieval Latin Hungarī (a name given to the Hungarians, who called themselves the Magyar) + -an.