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Slavic

Line breaks: Slav¦ic
Pronunciation: /ˈslɑːvɪk
 
, ˈslavɪk/

Definition of Slavic in English:

adjective

1Relating to or denoting the branch of the Indo-European language family that includes Russian, Ukrainian, and Belorussian ( Eastern Slavic), Polish, Czech, Slovak, and Sorbian ( Western Slavic), and Bulgarian, Serbian, Croatian, Macedonian, and Slovene ( Southern Slavic).
Example sentences
  • Ukrainian is an Indo-European language of the Eastern Slavic group.
  • Slovak is a member of the Western Slavic language group.
  • Macedonian is a South Slavic language in the Indo-European family whose closest relatives are Bulgarian and Serbian.
1.1Relating to or denoting the peoples of central and eastern Europe who speak any of these languages.
Example sentences
  • Ancestors of the Bosnians, Slavic people of central Europe, first settled in the region that is modern Bosnia in the fifth century.
  • Several of the Slavic states of eastern Europe aided the refugees, while many Russians settled in Paris, Berlin, and the western hemisphere.
  • The girl then continued to rave on about all the nations that were better than the Eastern European Slavic nations.

noun

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The Slavic languages collectively. See also Slavonic.
Example sentences
  • Original Yiddish was written in Hebrew letters and was a mixture of Hebrew, Slavic, and German.
  • Since ancient times, very substantial strata of Latin and of Slavic and Turkish have been added to Albanian, making the older strata more difficult to analyze.
  • East Slavic is generally thought to converge to one Old Russian language, which existed until at least the 12th century.

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