from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A member of the principal ethnic group of Hungary.
- n. See Hungarian.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- proper n. A Hungarian individual.
- proper n. The Hungarian language.
- adj. Hungarian
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Of or pertaining to the Magyars or their language; Hungarian.
- proper n. One of the dominant people of Hungary, allied to the Finns; a Hungarian.
- proper n. The language of the Magyars.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. 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.
- n. The native tongue of Hungary. It belongs to the Ugrian branch of the Ural-Altaic or Scythian tongues.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a native or inhabitant of Hungary
- adj. relating to or characteristic of Hungary
- n. the official language of Hungary (also spoken in Rumania); belongs to the Ugric family of languages
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.
* Magyar* ancestry. "homeland, or a common culture" Don't you live in Hungary, have a Magyar family, know the language and culture?
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He based this on reading it in Polish, Magyar, Serbo-Croatian, Czech, German and English.
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.
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.
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.
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.
One feels that the Magyar is a kind of Centaur, and that he is only Christian and European by accident.
In that whole speech he only understood the one word -- "Magyar" which came again and again.
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