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Mongol

[mong-guh l, -gohl, mon-]
noun
  1. a member of a pastoral people now living chiefly in Mongolia.
  2. a person having Mongoloid characteristics.
  3. any Mongolian language.
  4. (often lowercase) Pathology. (no longer in technical use; now considered offensive) a person affected with Down syndrome; Mongoloid.
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adjective
  1. Mongolian.
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Related formsnon-Mon·gol, noun, adjective
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Examples from the Web for mongols

Historical Examples

  • The Ming dynasty inherited the work of the Mongols and consolidated it.

    Chinese Painters

    Raphael Petrucci

  • The Mongols, however, are nomads, and their villages are always on the move.

    From Pole to Pole

    Sven Anders Hedin

  • Both the Soyots and Mongols consider this a terrible and sacred lake.

    Beasts, Men and Gods

    Ferdinand Ossendowski

  • The Mongols led us into the monastery, where the Hutuktu immediately received me.

    Beasts, Men and Gods

    Ferdinand Ossendowski

  • This is one of the reasons for his great influence over the Mongols.

    Beasts, Men and Gods

    Ferdinand Ossendowski


British Dictionary definitions for mongols

mongol

noun
  1. a formerly used and now highly offensive name for a person affected by Down's syndrome
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Mongol

noun
  1. a native or inhabitant of Mongolia, esp a nomad
  2. the Mongolian language
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Word Origin and History for mongols

Mongol

1738 (n.); 1763 (adj.), native name, said to be from mong "brave."

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