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noun, plural Ma·ris, (especially collectively) Ma·ri for 1.
  1. a member of a Uralic people living in scattered communities north of Cheboksary and Kazan in European Russia, mainly in the Mari Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic.
  2. the Finnic language of the Mari.
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Origin of Mari

< Russian mári (not declined) < Mari marij Mari, man
Also called Cheremis, Cheremiss.


or Cher·e·miss

[cher-uh-mis, -mees, cher-uh-mis, -mees]
noun, plural Cher·e·mis·es, (especially collectively) Cher·e·mis.
  1. Mari.
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Origin of Cheremis

< Russian cheremís, earlier cheremísin, Old Russian (plural) chermisy, probably < Chuvash śarmîs, śarmîś Mari
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Historical Examples

  • (1883–85); works of Smirnov on the Mordva, Cheremiss, etc., Fr.

    The Races of Man

    Joseph Deniker

  • We hear of a forest-god among the Finns, Lapps and Cheremiss.

British Dictionary definitions for cheremiss



  1. plural -miss or -mis a member of an Ugrian people of the Volga region, esp of the Mari El Republic
  2. Also called: Mari the language of this people, belonging to the Finno-Ugric family
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noun plural Mari or Maris
  1. another name for Cheremiss
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