[ mah-ree ]
/ ˈmɑ ri /

noun, plural Ma·ris, (especially collectively) Ma·ri for 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.
the Finnic language of the Mari.

Origin of Mari

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

Definition for cheremiss (2 of 2)


or Cher·e·miss

[ cher-uh-mis, -mees, cher-uh-mis, -mees ]
/ ˌtʃɛr əˈmɪs, -ˈmis, ˈtʃɛr əˌmɪs, -ˌmis /

noun, plural Cher·e·mis·es, (especially collectively) Cher·e·mis.

Origin of Cheremis

< Russian cheremís, earlier cheremísin, Old Russian (plural) chermisy, probably < Chuvash śarmîs, śarmîś Mari Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for cheremiss (1 of 2)



/ (ˌtʃɛərəˈmɪs, -ˈmiːs, ˈtʃɛərəˌmɪs, -ˌmiːs) /


plural -miss or -mis a member of an Ugrian people of the Volga region, esp of the Mari El Republic
Also called: Mari the language of this people, belonging to the Finno-Ugric family

British Dictionary definitions for cheremiss (2 of 2)


/ (ˈmɑːrɪ) /

noun plural Mari or Maris

another name for Cheremiss
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