Adjective "catalan" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


A native of Catalonia in Spain.
  1. 'The other groups are the Galicians, Basques, Catalans, Levante, and Andalusians.'
  2. 'There were minorities of Basques, Catalans, and Celts.'
  3. 'In recent years the Catalans have run a superbly orchestrated campaign for the return of archives that were taken from Catalonia to Salamanca at the end of the civil war by Franco's troops.'
  4. 'Both are widely spoken by people whose formal education and written culture have been wholly or mainly in (as the case may be) English or Castilian, though since the 1980s the situation has changed for younger Catalans.'
  5. 'In Perpignan they are Catalans first and French second, and they have a very strong association with the Catalans in Spain.'
  6. 'Its success was assured after it defeated the Duke of Athens at the battle of Kephissos in 1311, and the Catalans remained dominant in Greece until the 1380s.'
  7. 'Like Basques and Catalans, Gallegos see themselves as slightly apart from the rest of the country, and an even greater percentage of the population speak the regional language than in the Basque country or Catalonia.'
  8. 'Liverpool's Anfield stadium has the Koppites, the Nou Camp stadium in Barcelona its drum-thumping Catalans.'
A Romance language closely related to Castilian Spanish and Provençal, widely spoken in Catalonia (where it has official status alongside Castilian Spanish) and in Andorra, the Balearic Islands, and parts of southern France. It has about 6 million speakers in all.
  1. 'Sue wanted the girls to learn classic Castilian - the most widely used form of Spanish - versus Catalan, Galician, or Basque.'
  2. 'The audience had to work hard to follow what was happening with the dialogue flowing in English and Catalan and the translations flashed up on a screen behind.'
  3. 'The older generation, at least the working classes and the fishermen, still speak Catalan.'
  4. 'They regard Valencian as just a southern dialect of Catalan, so this move has actually undercut their status.'
  5. 'Everyone speaks Spanish too, and most people also speak Catalan.'
  6. 'In the larger European context, the situation of Scots resembles that of Frisian in the Netherlands, Nynorsk in Norwegian, Occitan in relation to French in France, and Catalan in relation to Spanish in Spain.'
  7. 'Gasol speaks three languages: Catalan, Spanish and English.'
  8. 'Its inhabitants are Catalan rather than French, with a history rich in Spanish influence, particularly between the 13th and 17th centuries, when it was ruled first from Majorca and then from Aragon.'
  9. 'A translator of French, Spanish, and Catalan, she writes often about literature and art.'
  10. 'Regional languages and dialects such as Breton, Catalan, Corsican, Basque, Alsatian, and Flemish are still in use, and some are taught in regional schools.'


Relating to Catalonia, its people, or its language.
  1. 'A hefty marble fountain-piece sits in the middle of it all and there is one wink to Catalan style in the twisty modern standing lamps dotted around the dining room and lounge area.'
  2. 'Alghero is a place for evening strolls atop battlements and along cobbled streets, and echoes everywhere with Catalan influences.'
  3. 'And, though that alone may endear him to Catalan fans, it is the pace, intelligence and ability to create and score goals - all apparent in the second leg at Highbury - that make him a clear favourite to move to Barcelona.'
  4. 'Three years later he started writing songs in his native Catalan language, influenced mainly by political singer songwriters.'
  5. 'She has spent a long time living in Barcelona where she is immersed in the culture, language and politics of the Catalan capital.'
  6. 'The Catalan architect Enric Miralles, who designed the building, was given instructions to meet the founding principles of the parliament: accessibility, accountability and the sharing of power.'
  7. 'This is what is driving the ever-more vigorous assertion of the Catalan language as a unifying regional factor.'
  8. 'The repertoire includes works by Catalan composers from the end of the 19th century.'
  9. 'The Catalan culture is marked by a special language and music, which bind the people across political barriers.'


1. pertaining to Catalonia, its inhabitants, or their language. noun

2. a native or inhabitant of Catalonia.

3. a Romance language closely related to Provençal, spoken in Catalonia, Valencia, the Balearic Islands, Andorra, southern France, and western Sardinia.

More examples(as adjective)

"allies can be catalan."

"clubs can be catalan."

"convergences can be catalan."

"governments can be catalan."

"coalitions can be catalan."

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(Catalan)From French, from Spanish catalán, related to Catalan català ‘Catalan’, Catalunya ‘Catalonia’.