[mon-tuh-nee-groh, -neg-roh]
  1. a republic in S Europe since 2006: formerly a constituent republic of Yugoslavia, in the SW part (1918–2006); an independent kingdom 1878–1918. 6333 sq. mi. (13,812 sq. km). Capital: Podgorica.
Serbo-Croatian Crna Gora.
Related formsMon·te·ne·grin [mon-tuh-nee-grin, ‐neg-rin] /ˌmɒn təˈni grɪn, ‐ˈnɛg rɪn/, adjective, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for montenegrin

Historical Examples of montenegrin

  • The fertile lands of Yugoslavia were open to Montenegrin emigration.

  • As it was absolutely necessary for me to have a guide, I chose a Montenegrin called Kniaz.


    Elliott O'Donnell

  • And the noble Montenegrin shook his hand with ferocious energy.

    Tartarin de Tarascon

    Alphonse Daudet

  • The Consuls kavass, however, was a Montenegrin, and through him we were able to communicate with her.

  • The Montenegrin has not yet reached this pitch of civilisation.

British Dictionary definitions for montenegrin


  1. of or relating to Montenegro or its people, or their language
  1. the language that is spoken in Montenegro
    1. a native or inhabitant of Montenegro
    2. a speaker of Montenegrin


  1. a republic in S central Europe, bordering on the Adriatic; declared a kingdom in 1910 and united with Serbia, Croatia, and other territories in 1918 to form Yugoslavia; remained united with Serbia as the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia when the other Yugoslav constituent republics became independent in 1991–92; Union of Serbia and Montenegro formed in 2003 and dissolved 2006. Mainly mountainous. Language: Serbian (Montenegrin). Religion: Orthodox Christian majority. Currency: euro. Capital: Podgorica. Pop: 653 474 (2013 est). Area: 13 812 sq km (5387 sq miles)
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Word Origin and History for montenegrin


Adriatic coastal nation, from Venetian Italian (Tuscan monte nero), literally "black mountain," a loan-translation of the local Slavonic name, Crnagora. Related: Montenegrine.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper