[maw-rey-vee-uh n, moh-]
  1. a native or inhabitant of Moravia.
  2. Also called Herrnhuter. a member of a Christian denomination descended from the Bohemian Brethren and holding that the Scriptures are the only rule of faith and practice.
  3. a dialect of Czech spoken in Moravia.

Origin of Moravian

First recorded in 1545–55; Moravi(a) + -an
Related formsMo·ra·vi·an·ism, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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British Dictionary definitions for moravian


  1. of or relating to Moravia, its people, or their dialect of Czech
  2. of or relating to the Moravian Church
  1. the Moravian dialect
  2. a native or inhabitant of Moravia
  3. a member of the Moravian Church
Derived FormsMoravianism, noun
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Word Origin and History for moravian


1550s (n.); 1610s (adj.), from Moravia. From 1746, in reference to the Protestant sect founded in the former German state of Moravia (now in Czech Republic). Related: Moravianism.

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