Karelian

[ kuh-ree-lee-uh n, -reel-yuh n ]
/ kəˈri li ən, -ˈril yən /
|

adjective

of or relating to Karelia, its people, or their language.

noun

a native or inhabitant of Karelia.
the Uralic language of the Karelians, sometimes regarded as a dialect of Finnish.

Origin of Karelian

First recorded in 1850–55; Kareli(a) + -an
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for karelian

  • 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

/ (kəˈriːlɪən) /

adjective

of or relating to Karelia, its people, or their language

noun

a native or inhabitant of Karelia
the dialect of Finnish spoken in Karelia
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012