Definition of Hungarian in US English:



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

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A year ago, 20 contemporary Hungarian artists, mostly working with textile, decided to revive this art form as well as their national past.’
    • ‘The Hungarian language is very beautiful, but it is totally different from those of our neighbours.’
    • ‘The Hungarian language constitutes one of the most significant national symbols.’
    • ‘They found that the church served as an important social meeting point and was an institution where the Hungarian language was still valued.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In the past five years, Hungarian pet food producers have increased their exports by more than fourfold, from about $55 million in 1999.’
    • ‘‘I thought Hungarian food was wonderful,’ I said consolingly.’
    • ‘However, this will only be useful for Hungarian language websites aimed at Hungarian readers.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He is, however, a student of the Hungarian language.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The festival includes both new and established artists, showing the diversity of Hungarian culture.’
    • ‘According to the author, the website, working on the grassroots principle, will become an important instrument for the writing of Hungarian history.’
    • ‘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 composer carried out extensive research on the folk melodies and developed a classification system for Hungarian peasant songs.’


  • 1A native or inhabitant of Hungary.

    • ‘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?’
    • ‘And it's because we felt that the Hungarians had a certain black humor which translated to this particular job.’
    • ‘The Poles, the Czechs, and the Hungarians made their political choice.’
    • ‘The campaigners estimate that up to a tenth of all Europeans and a quarter of all Hungarians live or work in floodplains.’
    • ‘The Hungarians finished 8th as a team, an improvement over the 1983 World Championships.’
    • ‘Ethnic Hungarians, or Magyars, make up the majority of Hungary's 10 million people.’
    • ‘One-third of Hungarians then lived outside Hungary.’
    • ‘Germans and Hungarians seem to be about the only peoples he liked.’
    • ‘The final results in the separate events of the combined exercises showed that the Hungarians still have their hold on the pommel horse.’
    • ‘Most English people differ from Hungarians in one crucial respect.’
    • ‘At the same time, German troops, followed by Italians and Hungarians, invaded Yugoslavia.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Poles, Hungarians, and ordinary Russians saw us as credible champions of their democratic aspirations.’
    • ‘His passing will be mourned by the Greeks, Croats, Hungarians, Italians and any other ethnic group you can name.’
    • ‘Any chance of the Hungarians bouncing back from that loss was shattered by events which went far beyond the disappointment of sporting defeat.’
    • ‘Whether in the end it was the Hungarians who chased the Russians out or not is debatable.’
    • ‘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 second was to try to beat the Hungarians at the European Championships.’
    1. 1.1 A person of Hungarian descent.
      • ‘Philanthropic activities among Hungarian Americans tend to be aimed at specific groups of Hungarians.’
      • ‘Some Hungarians living in Los Angeles had to give it to me.’
  • 2An Ugric language, the official language of Hungary, spoken also in Romania.

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


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