noun, plural Chechens (especially collectively) Chechen for 1.
a member of a Sunni Muslim people living in the Chechen-Ingush Autonomous Republic and adjacent areas, closely related to the Ingush.
the Caucasian language spoken by the Chechen.
noun (pl) -chens, -chen
a member of a people of Russia, speaking a Circassian language and chiefly inhabiting the Chechen Republic
- Chechen-Ingush Autonomous Republic
[chuh-chen-in-goosh] /tʃəˈtʃɛn ɪnˈguʃ/ noun 1. an autonomous republic of the Russian Federation, in Caucasia. 7,350 sq. mi. (19,300 sq. km). Capital: Grozny.
- Chechen republic
noun 1. a constituent republic of S Russia, on the N slopes of the Caucasus Mountains: major oil and natural gas resources; formed an Autonomous Republic with Ingushetia from 1936 until 1944 and from 1957 until 1991; declared independence from Ingushetia in 1992; fighting between Chechen separatists and Russian forces (1994–96) led to de facto […]
[sheysh-yah] /ˈʃeɪʃ yɑ/ noun 1. a close-fitting, cylindrical cap with a tuft or tassel.
Chechnya [(chech-nee-uh)] A predominantly Muslim region in southern Russia, which declared its independence from Russia after the breakup of the Soviet Union. After unsuccessfully invading Chechnya in 1994, Russia renewed its attack in 1999 and took the capital city, Grozny. But Chechen guerrillas (see guerrilla warfare) continue to harass Russian troops in Chechnya. Russians believe […]