Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A member of the principal ethnic group of Hungary.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A member of a race, of the Finno-Ugrian stock, which invaded Hungary about the end of the ninth century, and settled there, where it still forms the predominant element of the population.
  • noun The native tongue of Hungary. It belongs to the Ugrian branch of the Ural-Altaic or Scythian tongues.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Of or pertaining to the Magyars or their language; Hungarian.
  • proper noun (Ethnol.) One of the dominant people of Hungary, allied to the Finns; a Hungarian.
  • proper noun The language of the Magyars.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • proper noun A Hungarian individual.
  • proper noun The Hungarian language.
  • adjective Hungarian

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a native or inhabitant of Hungary
  • adjective relating to or characteristic of Hungary
  • noun the official language of Hungary (also spoken in Rumania); belongs to the Ugric family of languages

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Hungarian.]

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Hungarian magyar, from Proto-Ugric *mańć- (“man, person”).

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Examples

  • If the Magyars talk of introducing universal suffrage, they want to extend it to Magyar electors, and on one condition only, viz. that all the candidates shall be of _Magyar_ nationality, or, as the Hungarian Premier, Count Esterhazy, put it, "democracy in Hungary can only be a Magyar democracy" -- that is, a system utterly at variance with the principles of justice.

    Independent Bohemia An Account of the Czecho-Slovak Struggle for Liberty

  • * Magyar* ancestry. "homeland, or a common culture" Don't you live in Hungary, have a Magyar family, know the language and culture?

    Pestiside.hu

  • The text is available in Magyar and English. via Information Aesthetics

    Smart Mobs » Blog Archive » Disaster Map

  • He based this on reading it in Polish, Magyar, Serbo-Croatian, Czech, German and English.

    Put this one on your list

  • He based this on reading it in Polish, Magyar, Serbo-Croatian, Czech, German and English.

    Archive 2007-04-01

  • Were I not translating that off the cuff, I'd have used "Hungarian," I suppose, but I just like the word Magyar, and, through the Czech exposure, don't really register it as that odd in English.

    languagehat.com: TRANSLATING SCHWEIK.

  • One was Mario, a huge, excitable Italian — he was like a city policeman with operatic gestures — and the other, a hairy, uncouth animal whom we called the Magyar; I think he was a Transylvanian, or something even more remote.

    Down and Out in Paris and London

  • It is said that General Fremont, while at the West, sent his secret dispatches to Washington in Magyar, which was as good as cipher, since no person in the Confederate service knows the tongue.

    There are no Hungarians in the Confederate Army

  • One was Mario, a huge, excitable Italianhe was like a city policeman with operatic gesturesand the other, a hairy, uncouth animal whom we called the Magyar; I think he was a Transylvanian, or something even more remote.

    Down and Out in Paris and London

  • One feels that the Magyar is a kind of Centaur, and that he is only Christian and European by accident.

    Amiel's Journal

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