- a member of a Uralic people living in scattered communities in the middle Volga basin, especially between Nizhni Novgorod and Saratov.
- the Finnic language of the Mordvin, with two major dialects, sometimes considered distinct languages.
Also Mord·vin·i·an [mawrd-vin-ee-uh n] /mɔrdˈvɪn i ən/.
Origin of Mordvin
< Russian mordvín, derivative of the collective noun mordvá, of uncertain origin
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- plural -vin or -vins a member of a Finnish people of the middle Volga region, living chiefly in the Mordvinian Republic
- the language of this people, belonging to the Finno-Ugric family
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