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noun pl. Avar or A·vars
- A member of a Caucasian or eastern European people whose empire, centered in southern Hungary and extending widely between the Elbe and Dneiper Rivers, reached its peak in the late sixth and early seventh centuries.
- a. A member of a traditionally Muslim people of southern Dagestan and neighboring areas of Azerbaijan.b. The Caucasian language of this people.