Lat·​vi·​an ˈlat-vē-ən How to pronounce Latvian (audio)
: a native or inhabitant of Latvia
: the Baltic language of the Latvian people
Latvian adjective

Examples of Latvian in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The absence means the 7-foot-2 Latvian will go more than two years, at least, without playing in Dallas after the Mavs traded him to Washington in a 2022 blockbuster. Schuyler Dixon, USA TODAY, 23 Jan. 2024 The Hornets are the 31-year-old Latvian’s fifth NBA team. Shane Connuck, Charlotte Observer, 10 Feb. 2024 While the Latvian Basketball Association initially denied the injury, Porzingis later confirmed it on social media. Hayden Bird,, 24 Aug. 2023 It was produced in association with Arte France, Canal+ and Ciné +, supported by the Latvian Film Center. Elsa Keslassy, Variety, 7 June 2023 In particular, the Waffen-SS Latvian Legion has been a focal point for conflict over historical memory. Gordon F. Sander, The New York Review of Books, 21 July 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1924, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of Latvian was in 1924

Dictionary Entries Near Latvian

Cite this Entry

“Latvian.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 adjective
: of, relating to, or characteristic of Latvia, the Latvians, or Latvian


2 of 2 noun
: a person born or living in Latvia
: the Baltic language of the Latvian people
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