Cyrillic

Cyrillic

[si-ril-ik]
adjective
1.
noting or pertaining to a script derived from Greek uncials and traditionally supposed to have been invented by St. Cyril, first used for the writing of Old Church Slavonic and adopted with minor modifications for the writing of Russian, Bulgarian, Serbian, and some non-Slavic languages of Central Asia.
2.
of or pertaining to St. Cyril.
noun
3.
Cyrillic script.

Origin:
1835–45; < Neo-Latin Cyrillicus, equivalent to Cyrill(us) Saint Cyril + -icus -ic

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Cyrillic (sɪˈrɪlɪk)
 
adj
1.  denoting or relating to the alphabet derived from that of the Greeks, supposedly by Saint Cyril, for the writing of Slavonic languages: now used primarily for Russian, Bulgarian, and Serbian
 
n
2.  this alphabet

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Cyrillic
1842, the Slavic alphabet, from St. Cyril, 9c. apostle of the Slavs, who supposedly invented it. It replaced earlier Glagolitic. The name Cyril is L.L. Cyrillus, from Gk. Kyrillos, lit. "lordly, masterful," related to kyrios "lord, master" (see church).
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