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Bulgarian

[buhl-gair-ee-uh n, boo l-] /bʌlˈgɛər i ən, bʊl-/
noun
1.
Also, Bulgar. a native or inhabitant of Bulgaria.
2.
a Slavic language, the language of Bulgaria.
Abbreviation: Bulg., Bulg.
adjective
3.
of or relating to Bulgaria, its people, or their language.
Origin of Bulgarian
1545-1555
First recorded in 1545-55; Bulgari(a) + -an
Related forms
pro-Bulgarian, adjective, noun
pseudo-Bulgarian, adjective, noun
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Examples from the Web for Bulgarian
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  • I strode up to the Bulgarian, who remained as motionless as a statue.

  • But before dealing with the Bulgarian of to-day we must look into his antecedents.

    Bulgaria Frank Fox
  • But something of the Turk survives to this day in the character of the Bulgarian people.

    Bulgaria Frank Fox
  • Once more the Bulgarian Empire was respected and feared abroad.

    Bulgaria Frank Fox
  • In all about 12,000 Bulgarian people perished, mostly butchered in cold blood.

    Bulgaria Frank Fox
British Dictionary definitions for Bulgarian

Bulgarian

/bʌlˈɡɛərɪən; bʊl-/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or characteristic of Bulgaria, its people, or their language
noun
2.
the official language of Bulgaria, belonging to the S Slavonic branch of the Indo-European family
3.
a native, inhabitant, or citizen of Bulgaria
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Word Origin and History for Bulgarian
n.

1550s, from Bulgaria + -ian.

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