Definition of Slovene in English:


Syllabification: Slo·vene
Pronunciation: /ˈslōvēn


1A native or inhabitant of Slovenia, or a person of Slovene descent.
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  • Just 78% believe they have a duty to protect nature, compared to 98% of Swedes, Danes, Slovenes and Germans.
  • Some Slovenes opposed the National Assembly's 2001 decision to allow its waters to be used by nuclear-powered submarines and submarines with nuclear strike capabilities.
  • Besides Slovene television programs, Slovenes can also watch Italian, Austrian, English, and American television shows, including news.
2The South Slavic language of the Slovenes.
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  • The official language of the republic, Slovene, is a Slavic language.
  • In the border provinces, Italian, Slovene, Croatian, Hungarian, and Czech are also spoken.
  • EU law will be amended in May to recognise a number of EU languages including Hungarian, Slovene and Maltes.


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Relating to Slovenia, its people, or their language.
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  • It was only on the Adriatic coast, where the Italian minority which remained outside Italy was proving a nuisance, that any concessions were made to the Slovene languages.
  • In 1550, is was the Protestants who published the first book in the Slovene language.
  • 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.


from Slovene Slovenec, from a Slavic root shared with Slovak and perhaps related to slovo 'word'.

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