1. a member of a Uralic people living in scattered communities in the middle Volga basin, especially between Nizhni Novgorod and Saratov.
  2. the Finnic language of the Mordvin, with two major dialects, sometimes considered distinct languages.
Also Mord·vin·i·an [mawrd-vin-ee-uh n] /mɔrdˈvɪn i ən/.

Origin of Mordvin

< Russian mordvín, derivative of the collective noun mordvá, of uncertain origin Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for mordvin


  1. plural -vin or -vins a member of a Finnish people of the middle Volga region, living chiefly in the Mordvinian Republic
  2. the language of this people, belonging to the Finno-Ugric family
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