Definition of Magyar in US English:



  • 1A member of a people who originated in the Urals and migrated westward to settle in what is now Hungary in the 9th century AD.

    • ‘First the Magyars in Hungary won a compromise with Vienna, creating the Austro-Hungarian Empire in 1867.’
    • ‘The treasury of the Basel Cathedral dates to about 1019, when the second building to occupy the site was consecrated (the first having been destroyed by Magyars in 917).’
    • ‘Other modern states are said to have begun with the movements of the Lombards, the Anglo-Saxons and the Magyars.’
    • ‘The arrival of the Magyars in the middle Danube area near the end of the ninth century and their subsequent raids to the north led to the disintegration of the Great Moravian Empire and weakened the influence of the Eastern rite.’
    • ‘Some time in the 9th century, a Turkish people from the steppes of Asia, known as the Magyars, began migrating westward.’
    • ‘In the late ninth century, Slavs and Magyars advanced westward along the Danube River valley and overran the area.’
    • ‘The fame of Henry I was assured by his victory over the Magyars near Merseburg.’
    • ‘They rallied Frankish forces against outside threats such as those offered by the Frisians, Saxons, Avars, and Arabs in the eighth century, and by the Vikings and Magyars in the ninth and tenth centuries.’
    • ‘Migrants from Hungary were not Magyars but Slovaks, followed by Serbs, Croats, and Romanians.’
    • ‘The third group of invaders were the Magyars who came from modern-day Hungary.’
    • ‘Throughout much of history, Slovakia was dominated by the Magyars.’
    • ‘Though he lives in Paris, he's a member of ‘the Hungarian Nation, as the nobility was called, Magyars whose family histories went back a thousand years.’’
    • ‘Medieval Hungarian traditions count even the fifth-century Huns among the Magyars ' ancestors, but their immediate forebears arrived in the Carpathian Basin as late as the seventh century.’
    • ‘From the 200s through the 1100s, there was a series of invasions by various tribes from the north, including the Magyars and the Saxons.’
    • ‘My grandmother was exotic because she came from Hungary, land of Magyars, paprika and goulash.’
    • ‘In 907 Magyars, a semi-nomadic people from the northeast, invaded the empire and established the Kingdom of Hungary, which incorporated modern-day Slovakia.’
    • ‘The Magyars were bowmen and light cavalry experts from the Asian steppes, and their horses were mostly the Turkmen type.’
    • ‘Ethnic Hungarians, or Magyars, make up the majority of Hungary's 10 million people.’
    • ‘The Magyars decided to make a film based on this concept, enlisting the help of friends and colleagues to piece together this forty-minute film.’
    • ‘The Magyars settled in the neighbourhood of the Danube, and especially in the district on the farther side, as best suited to their occupation, that of cattle-raising.’
  • 2The Uralic language of the Magyar; Hungarian.

    • ‘In the Diet of 1825 Széchenyi spoke in Magyar to demand the introduction of Magyar as the official language, and helped to found the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, to develop Magyar as a literary language.’
    • ‘With Barbara my translator, (I was going to need more than a dozen words of Magyar to understand what was going on), I drove down to Tanyacsarda in the Bugas plains.’
    • ‘The government made Magyar the official language and outlawed all other languages.’
    • ‘Buster will be in Edinburgh again this year, more bumptious than ever, because the bestseller - as well as being translated into German, French, Italian and Magyar - is now available in Japanese.’
    • ‘Before the astonished members could say anything, her father reassured them, in Magyar, that this guy was all right.’


  • Relating to the Magyar or their language.

    • ‘In response to the audience's enthusiastic ovation Fleischman repeated the final Magyar dance movement.’
    • ‘The problem for the Magyar patriots is that the majority of ingredients (onions, tomatoes and garlic) now being bought by the housewives have been imported.’
    • ‘Exactly fifty years on, the predominantly conservative opera-goers of Hungary have their first taste of its ineffable depths in a première Magyar production at the Erkel Theatre in Budapest in February 2004.’
    • ‘The word itself is believed to be of Magyar origin, possibly derived from the Turkish uber, meaning witch.’
    • ‘It has commanding views over the city, and is dominated by seven gleaming towers, representing the seven Magyar tribes who entered the Carpathian Basin in the ninth century, and a statue of Saint Stephen on horseback.’
    • ‘From Brahms and Enescu through Gyorgy Ligeti, the Magyar spirit has emblazoned concert halls around the globe.’
    • ‘David also has close connections with both Northern Ireland and Hungary and will hopefully be blogging on Magyar matters over at ‘Further Ramblings’.’
    • ‘The result was a Magyar guerilla movement which after 1672 was supported by Louis XIV.’
    • ‘One of the aristocrats, Count István Széchenyi, in fact broke ranks to join the gentry, and campaigned to revive Magyar language and culture in order to preface demands for political autonomy.’
    • ‘The hundred year stretch from 850 to 950 was filled with the worst of the Viking invasions, to which were added Moslem raids and pirates in the south and Magyar raids from the east.’
    • ‘This Hungarian version is one of the more interesting chicken stews in the world, with the typically Magyar ingredients of onion, sweet peppers and paprika.’
    • ‘The Opera House is still the great highlight, while at the end of Andrassy ut is Heroes Square where the seven princes of the Magyar tribes are commemorated.’
    • ‘Central Europe, extending from the Balkans to the Baltic along the Danube and Oder Rivers, encompasses cultures of Slavic, Germanic, Magyar, and Gaelic origins.’
    • ‘With its original Romanian population (since the tenth century) it came under Magyar rule in the early eleventh century, whereupon it was colonized by Magyars, Szekelers, and Germans.’
    • ‘It was not, as Abler suggests, Hungarian peasant dress that provided the model for the hussar, but that of Magyar noblemen.’
    • ‘Well-heeled Hungarian kids like to drink at this famously and excessively long bar, surrounded by the iconography of old Hollywood and local Magyar movies.’
    • ‘By 896 elected Magyar Arpad leaders ruled and Hungary emerged as the centre of a strong Magyar kingdom in the late Middle Ages.’
    • ‘Rodzinski conducts both of them superbly, with complete sympathy for their melancholy and eruptive Magyar ethos.’
    • ‘The Magyar tribes who arrived here at the end of the 9th century found flourishing vineyards and familiarity with wine-making techniques.’
    • ‘She thinned her tone down to the most slender of threads, lingered over lush romantic pages, and played with wild Magyar abandon - all within a single movement.’


The name in Hungarian.