Definition of Kartvelian in US English:


adjective & noun

  • another term for "South Caucasian" (see Caucasian)
    • ‘The paper deals with the sociolinguistic attributes of the dialects of the Kartvelian languages, their functions and status inside and outside Georgia.’
    • ‘In the southern and eastern regions, the state of Kartli united tribes that spoke the Kartvelian language.’
    • ‘The Kartvelian languages are considered to be closely related and descended from a common language.’
    • ‘It coordinates research and assists foreign students and scholars interested in various Kartvelian fields.’
    • ‘Among the other Kartvelian languages Laz is spoken in Turkey.’


From Georgian k'art'velebi ‘Georgians’ + -ian.