Definition of Czech in English:

Czech

noun

  • 1A native or inhabitant of the Czech Republic or (formerly) Czechoslovakia, or a person of Czech descent.

    • ‘Most of the Czech Republic's approximately 10 million inhabitants are Czech.’
    • ‘A look at Czech history reveals why some Czechs are so unwilling to accept fiscal change’
    • ‘Imbued with bucolic patriotism, his music aroused his fellow Czechs to self-determination.’
    • ‘After defeating the undefeatable French last time out, more was expected of the Czechs in Dublin.’
    • ‘The strength of the Czechs, despite fielding a relatively small team, was evident.’
    • ‘It's such a short journey to Germany that the tournament could almost feel like a home event to the Czechs.’
    • ‘Other numerically significant ethnic groups of Austria include Slovenes, Croats, and Czechs.’
    • ‘The Czechs, Hungarians and the citizens from other East European states have a similar history.’
    • ‘Reyna says his team-mates have already put behind them their disappointing performance against the Czechs.’
    • ‘Bulgaria used to be a traditional and favourite destination for the Czechs, according to the historian.’
    • ‘In 1963, he became the youngest England captain at the age of 23 when he led his side out to face the Czechs.’
    • ‘Like so many Czechs, he has lived most of his life in exile.’
    • ‘Sometimes, if I need something special, I can ask someone who is Czech to help me find the right words.’
    • ‘The Czechs are over-endowed with great composers, but the symphony that stirs them most comes from a minor master.’
    • ‘Fewer than 20 percent of Czechs approve of, or even believe in, their government.’
    • ‘The vast majority of Czechs do not believe there is a God at all.’
    • ‘The Dutch will go through with victory against Latvia only if the Germans do not beat the Czechs.’
    • ‘The Danes, the Poles and the Czechs also look like they could say no.’
    • ‘This means the Czechs are through to the quarter finals and means Germany must beat them to go through.’
    • ‘‘Starting a new rally for the first time is never easy,’ said the 29-year-old Czech.’
  • 2The West Slavic language spoken in the Czech Republic, closely related to Slovak.

    • ‘One-third of Slovaks between the ages of 17 and 24 do not speak Czech.’
    • ‘The book was translated into Czech, Polish, Spanish, and Portuguese.’
    • ‘The station was heaving with hundreds of other festivalgoers, speaking every European language from English to Czech.’
    • ‘He speaks Russian, French, Czech and Bulgarian.’
    • ‘Political circumstances beginning nearly a thousand years ago separated populations, but Slovak and Czech are still mutually intelligible.’
    • ‘Although he would be educated in German, the family spoke Czech at home.’
    • ‘In the border provinces, Italian, Slovene, Croatian, Hungarian, and Czech are also spoken.’
    • ‘During the national revival of the 19th century, all of Shakespeare's plays were translated into Czech from English editions and most of them produced in Prague.’
    • ‘Smetana's patriotic feelings had been well to the fore in 1848, and though a German speaker he took pains to improve his command of Czech in the 1860s.’
    • ‘The whole family speak three languages - Czech, German and English.’
    • ‘For about ten minutes, one gentleman asked me questions in English, and the interpreter translated them into Czech.’
    • ‘Reprinted five times in the 1920s, the book was translated into French, Czech, and other languages.’
    • ‘Students at Charles University face fees of up to £40,000 for the six-year medical course and are required to speak some Czech.’
    • ‘I am still recovering from a bad experience the first day I worked up the courage to speak Czech.’
    • ‘She shuts herself away from the world while she translates a trashy thriller from Czech into English.’
    • ‘Sophie is amazingly good at language - she's fluent in Czech.’
    • ‘Polish is a West Slavic language, part of the Lekhite subgroup, and is similar to Czech and Slovak.’
    • ‘Slovenian is a South Slavic language, closely related to Croatian and similar to other Slavic languages, such as Czech.’
    • ‘Her upbringing by her foster family in the Czech Republic had taught her not just Czech, but how to read the Russian language.’
    • ‘To them Czech was and remained a natural language of communication.’

adjective

  • Relating to the Czechs or their language.

    • ‘The Czech, Slovak and Hungarian mountains and countryside are well signposted for walkers and drivers.’
    • ‘The show runs from 8pm to 11 pm both evenings, with the very best of Czech, Irish and African music and dance to enjoy.’
    • ‘No Czech writing worth its name can escape Kafka's influence.’
    • ‘Over 100 000 Czech tourists visited Bulgaria in the first nine months of 2004.’
    • ‘Foreigners who come to live in Czech Republic for a longer period of time are often surprised or even shocked when they learn about Czech Easter traditions.’
    • ‘In order to accompany the delicacies served, the management asked Czech artisans to produce tailor-made silver dishware.’
    • ‘The number of Czech tourists visiting Bulgaria increased 65 per cent in January to April 2005.’
    • ‘The exhibition will comprise about 200 large photographs, eight models of stage designs and 40 Czech theatre posters.’
    • ‘Yesterday we started to learn the Czech language.’
    • ‘Glasgow is one of only four universities in the UK to teach the Czech language - and the only one in Scotland.’
    • ‘The English language edition of the Czech catalog is currently available.’
    • ‘My fluency in the Czech language is progressing slowly.’
    • ‘Professor Holub, fluent in 15 languages, taught the history of contemporary Czech politics.’
    • ‘Those are three of the biggest names in modern Czech writing, and they all combine a historical awareness with a willingness towards heavy allegory.’
    • ‘The dining room also features several attractive prewar Czech glass pieces, which add color to the room's dark brown hues.’
    • ‘This has long been a farm town populated primarily by people of Czech ancestry.’
    • ‘To the west, swirling, drifting snow led Czech authorities to contemplate closing several border crossings into Poland.’
    • ‘The trip was organised so British headteachers could learn about how Czech schools are run - and to share good practice with headteachers in the former communist country.’
    • ‘Bruckner is a well-known figure in Czech football.’
    • ‘Teacher Anna Massey is determined that her Czech pupils will master the intricacies of the English language, including the subtle distinction between land and lend.’

Origin

Polish spelling of Czech Čech.

Pronunciation

Czech

/CHek//tʃɛk/