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[mag-yahr, mahg-; Hungarian mo-dyor]
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  1. a member of the ethnic group, of the Finno-Ugric stock, that forms the predominant element of the population of Hungary.
  2. Hungarian(def 3).
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  1. of or relating to the Magyars or their language; Hungarian.
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Related formsnon-Mag·yar, noun, adjective
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Historical Examples

  • He had not had time to ascertain whether this would gratify the Magyars.

    The Birth of Yugoslavia, Volume 1

    Henry Baerlein

  • But there is something very strange in the composition of the Magyars.

  • The Germans threw in their lot with us, but the Magyars went against us.

  • Save for the officials there were practically no Magyars in Pančevo.

  • The news came from Gaa that the Magyars there had got the upper hand.

British Dictionary definitions for magyars


  1. plural -yars a member of the predominant ethnic group of Hungary, also found in NW Siberia
  2. the Hungarian language
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  1. of or relating to the Magyars or their language
  2. sewing of or relating to a style of sleeve cut in one piece with the bodice
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Word Origin and History for magyars


"a Hungarian," 1797, the people's native name. As an adjective by 1828.

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