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Karelian

[kuh-ree-lee-uh n, -reel-yuh n]
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adjective
  1. of or relating to Karelia, its people, or their language.
noun
  1. a native or inhabitant of Karelia.
  2. the Uralic language of the Karelians, sometimes regarded as a dialect of Finnish.

Origin of Karelian

First recorded in 1850–55; Kareli(a) + -an
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Examples from the Web for karelian

Historical Examples

  • She was brown-eyed and brown-haired, like her Karelian mother who belonged to the other decided type of Finn.

    Our Little Finnish Cousin

    Clara Vostrovsky Winlow


British Dictionary definitions for karelian

Karelian

adjective
  1. of or relating to Karelia, its people, or their language
noun
  1. a native or inhabitant of Karelia
  2. the dialect of Finnish spoken in Karelia
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