[ roh-mey-nee-uhn, ‐meyn-yuhn ]

  1. a native or inhabitant of Romania.

  2. the Romance language of Romania, spoken also in Moldova. Abbreviations: Rom, Rom.

  1. of or relating to Romania, its inhabitants, or the language Romanian.

Origin of Romanian

First recorded in 1825–30 for a rare older spelling; the current spelling, Romanian, was first recorded in 1845–50; Romania + -an
  • Also Older Spellings, Ru·ma·ni·an, Rou·ma·ni·an [roo-mey-nee-uhn, ‐meyn-yuhn] /rʊˈmeɪ ni ən, ‐ˈmeɪn yən/ .

Other words from Romanian

  • an·ti-Ro·ma·ni·an, adjective, noun
  • pro-Ro·ma·ni·an, adjective, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use Romanian in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for Romanian


Rumanian or Roumanian

/ (rəʊˈmeɪnɪən) /

  1. the official language of Romania, belonging to the Romance group of the Indo-European family

  2. a native, citizen, or inhabitant of Romania

  1. relating to, denoting, or characteristic of Romania, its people, or their language

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