Mongolian

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adjective

Mon·​go·​lian män-ˈgōl-yən How to pronounce Mongolian (audio)
mäŋ-,
-ˈgō-lē-ən
1
: of, relating to, or constituting Mongolia, the Mongolian People's Republic, the Mongols, or the Mongolian language
2
or mongolian dated, now offensive : of, relating to, or affected with Down syndrome

Mongolian

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noun

plural Mongolians
1
a
: the language of the Mongol people
b
: a family of Altaic languages that includes the languages of the Mongols and the Kalmucks
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b
: a member of a group of people formerly considered to constitute a race (see race entry 1 sense 1a) of humans having Asian ancestry and classified according to physical traits (such as the presence of an epicanthal fold)
c
: a native or inhabitant of Mongolia

Examples of Mongolian in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Now, new research gives us a closer look at what kinds of foods the nomadic pastoralists of the Mongolian steppe were eating around 700 B.C.E. by examining the protein residues left in ancient cauldrons — and the findings are a little bloody. Joshua Rapp Learn, Discover Magazine, 25 June 2024 The company was formed to bring together BD’s Mongolian Grill with two other concepts, Genghis Grill and Flat Top Grill, according to its website. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, 27 Mar. 2024 Burmese, Hmong and Mongolian Americans experience some of the highest poverty rates About 17% of Hmong Americans and 16% of Mongolian Americans live at or below the poverty line, according to a Pew analysis of the 2022 American Community Survey. Juliana Kim, NPR, 27 Mar. 2024 Quince Mongolian Cashmere pullover hoodie $100 at Quince $100 at Quince Houdini Sportswear Introducing the tech fleece set of your dreams. Todd Plummer, Condé Nast Traveler, 19 Mar. 2024 Their goal is to highlight Mongolian Buddhism and give foreigners the chance to learn about this practice first-hand. Breanna Wilson, Forbes, 25 Feb. 2024 Don’t miss your chance to feel comfy and fabulous at a great price point with the Quince Mongolian Cashmere Full-Zip Hoodie and Mongolian Cashmere Sweatpants. Jean Chen Smith, Travel + Leisure, 22 Feb. 2024 One is the Mongolian ger, a heavier, lower, and flatter structure. Laura Kiniry, Smithsonian Magazine, 9 Feb. 2024 Yeti, Bigfoot, and the Loch Ness Monster are only the beginning; a small but committed community of cryptid hunters is dedicated to proving the existence of doubted beasts like the Mongolian Death Worm, the Honey Island Swamp Monster, and the Skunk Ape. Chris Wheatley, Longreads, 18 Jan. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

Adjective

1706, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1757, in the meaning defined at sense 2a

Time Traveler
The first known use of Mongolian was in 1706

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“Mongolian.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Mongolian. Accessed 18 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

Mongolian

noun
Mon·​go·​lian
män-ˈgōl-yən,
mäŋ-,
-ˈgō-lē-ən
1
: a person born or living in Mongolia
2
: the language of the Mongol people
Mongolian adjective
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