Definition of Uralic in English:



  • 1Relating to or denoting a family of languages spoken from northern Scandinavia to western Siberia, comprising the Finno-Ugric and Samoyedic groups.

    • ‘Their spoken language, Korean, is a Uralic language with similarities to Japanese, Mongolian, Hungarian, and Finnish.’
    • ‘Nenets is part of the Samoyedic group of Uralic languages and has two main dialects: Forest and Tundra.’
    • ‘Finnish and Lappish - the language of Finland's small Lapp minority - both are Finno-Ugric languages and are in the Uralic rather than the Indo-European family.’
    • ‘In contrast, the Saami, Finns, and Estonians speak languages belonging to the Uralic family, otherwise spoken across a broad region of northern Asia.’
  • 2Relating to the Ural Mountains or the surrounding areas.

    • ‘But clearly linguistically they are linked to the other Uralic peoples.’


  • [mass noun] The Uralic languages collectively.

    • ‘The evidence for Indo-European, Uralic, Austronesian and so on is overwhelming, and there is no reason not to go deeper.’
    • ‘A number of researchers in the field of Finnish, Uralic and general linguistics (author of this included) published a letter to Helsingin Sanomat, the main Finnish daily newspaper, protesting this nomination.’