Definition of Mongol in English:



  • 1A native or inhabitant of Mongolia; a Mongolian.

    • ‘As the death toll from the plague mounted, so did tensions between the warlike Mongols and Italians plying their trade on the Black Sea.’
    • ‘The result was a steady migration of Mongols into China during the first 100 years of the Ming dynasty.’
    • ‘Indeed, some have thought that the manufacture of tofu was originally an adaptation of cheese-making, learned perhaps from the Mongols.’
    • ‘The cultural and educational level of the Mongols is higher than average among the national minorities of China.’
    • ‘Although they speak a Turkic dialect, their ancient ancestors may have been Mongols.’
    • ‘The Mongols weren't so much tolerant as they were open, being willing to have all sorts of religions in their empire.’
    • ‘Tribal rivalries meant that every male Mongol was brought up to be able to fight and hunting expeditions formed the ideal training ground.’
    • ‘Tradition has it that moon cakes were first used to carry messages to help the Chinese throw off the Mongols in the 14th century.’
    • ‘Francis Bacon recognized the importance of the Mongols as a conduit between East and West.’
    • ‘They are almost exclusively descendants of the Han, a people believed to be related to the Mongols of Central Asia.’
    • ‘He said that even though he was an undercover agent, he preferred to pal around with the Mongols on his days off because he was fond of them.’
    • ‘The Chinese supported the Mongols, who invaded Tibet briefly in 1720.’
    • ‘Medieval Baghdad, before its sack by the Mongols, had 36 public libraries when Europe had none.’
    • ‘I note above the importance of textiles in spreading the message that the Mongols had created an empire.’
    • ‘The Mongols were actually ahead of most of their opponents in terms of technology, training and leadership.’
    • ‘But Mongols, in turn, became increasingly fascinated by their new subjects.’
    • ‘According to the census, the total population of Mongols in the United States now stands at about 3,500.’
    • ‘Seljuk power was swept away by another Central Asian dynasty, the Mongols, in 1194.’
    • ‘They are mainly scattered in Inner Mongolia, living together with the Mongols and Chinese.’
    • ‘The 1200s witnessed yet another invasion, and control went to the Mongols, who ruled until the 1400s.’
  • 2mass noun The language of the Mongols; Mongolian.

    • ‘They spoke an Altaic language related to Mongol and Turkish, and still constitute a distinct ethnic group in China.’
  • 3offensive A person with Down's syndrome.


  • 1Relating to the people of Mongolia or their language.

    • ‘Genghis Khan, the Mongol leader, died in 1227 but the Mongols resumed their attacks on the Han Sung in 1230.’
    • ‘A Mongol army from Central Asia laid siege to Baghdad in 1401, calling on the Caliph to surrender and promising that if he did so, the city would be spared.’
    • ‘As is the case in the description of many imperialistic civilizations, the Mongol dynasty, which ruled China in the thirteenth century, must have attracted Marco's interest much more than the Chinese subjects.’
    • ‘The Muscovite tsars rose to power during Mongol rule not by fighting the Golden Horde, but conspiring against other Russian princes.’
    • ‘Starting in the sixth century C.E., the area that is now Slovenia was perpetually invaded by the Avars, a Mongol tribe, who were in turn, driven out by the Slavs.’
    • ‘Since then, Kiev has survived Mongol invasions, devastating fires, communist urban planning and the massive destruction of World War II.’
    • ‘It was the first defeat of a Western power by an Asian one since the days of the Mongol empire.’
    • ‘Kalmyks, a largely Buddhist ethnic group of Mongol ancestry, are centered in the Kalmykia region, which neighbors Astrakhan.’
    • ‘Because of Mongol devastation and subsequent Tatar raids, the Eastern Ukrainian lands were relatively uninhabited.’
    • ‘The political power and territorial control of Muscovy expanded greatly under the four-decade reign of Ivan III, who died in 1505 after routing the Mongol armies.’
    • ‘Kublai, a grandson of the Mongol leader Genghis Khan, began leading further Mongol advances in the latter years of the 1250s.’
    • ‘The professor and expert on Kubla Khan and Mongol history argues that Chinese ships during the early Mongol period were the best in the world.’
    • ‘The Mongol language belongs to the Altaic family, Mongolian group.’
    • ‘Dramatic seasonal variations coupled with movements, conflicts, and alliances of Turkic and Mongol tribes caused the people of Central Asia often to be on the move.’
    • ‘The domination of the new cabinet by Manchus and their Mongol allies seriously damaged the already weakening links between the Chinese and their foreign rulers.’
    • ‘Most Kyrgyz people speak the Kyrgyz language, which is a distinct Turkic language with Mongol influences.’
    • ‘Because of that success, he was given a wide range of roles to play, from a Mongol leader to Russian hero to a German officer.’
    • ‘In the remnants of the Abbasid empire after the Mongol invasions three new empires were flourishing: Ottoman Turks, Safavid Persians and the Moghuls of India.’
    • ‘This is thought to have protected the Russian people from the usual ravages of the Mongol occupation.’
    • ‘So a Mongol formation with a Mongol name survived for 700 years, right into the Soviet period.’
  • 2offensive Having Down's syndrome.


The term mongol was adopted in the late 19th century to refer to a person with Down's syndrome, owing to the similarity of some of the physical symptoms of the disorder with the normal facial characteristics of East Asian people. In modern English this use is now unacceptable and considered offensive. It has been replaced in scientific as well as in most general contexts by the term Down's syndrome (first recorded in the early 1960s)


Mongolian, perhaps from mong ‘brave’.