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Syllabification: Cy·ril·lic
Pronunciation: /səˈrilik

Definition of Cyrillic in English:


Denoting the alphabet used by many Slavic peoples, chiefly those with a historical allegiance to the Orthodox Church. Ultimately derived from Greek uncials, it is now used for Russian, Bulgarian, Serbian, Ukrainian, and some other Slavic languages.
Example sentences
  • These non-Slavic influences are reflected in the Slovene language, which is written in the Latin alphabet, while most Slavic languages use the Cyrillic alphabet.
  • I concluded that the Cyrillic alphabet and Bulgarian language were valued and respected cultural assets of the country.
  • Poland traditionally thinks of itself as the frontier of European civilisation, a bulwark against the east, with its Orthodox church and Cyrillic script.


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The Cyrillic alphabet.
Example sentences
  • The switch to Cyrillic in Central Asia was largely completed by 1940.
  • The main body of modern Azeri literature and educational material is still in Cyrillic, and the transition to the Latin alphabet is a time-consuming and expensive process.
  • In Moldova, the Soviet authorities changed the alphabet from Latin to Cyrillic.


early 19th century: named after St. Cyril (see Cyril, St.).

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