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[slah-vik, slav-ik] /ˈslɑ vɪk, ˈslæv ɪk/
a branch of the Indo-European family of languages, usually divided into East Slavic (Russian, Ukrainian, Byelorussian), West Slavic (Polish, Czech, Slovak, Sorbian), and South Slavic (Old Church Slavonic, Macedonian, Bulgarian, Serbo-Croatian, Slovene). Abbr.: Slav.
of or relating to the Slavs or their languages.
Also, Slavonic.
Origin of Slavic
1805-15; Slav + -ic
Related forms
anti-Slavic, adjective, noun
non-Slavic, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for Slavic
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  • The affinity of the Slavic and Greek languages it has recently been attempted to prove in several works.

    Historical View of the Languages and Literature of the Slavic Nations Therese Albertine Louise von Jacob Robinson
  • But the aggregate is only 233, while the aggregate of Slavic seats is 259.

    The Governments of Europe Frederic Austin Ogg
  • They belong to the highest type of that race, but represent only a small portion of the large Slavic family.

    On the Trail of The Immigrant Edward A. Steiner
  • For the most part they were children, 21 Slavic, Semitic, Italian.

    The Dust Flower Basil King
  • To him the struggle in France and on the Slavic frontier was far off and shadowy, as was the grim game at sea.

    Command William McFee
British Dictionary definitions for Slavic


noun, adjective
another word (esp US) for Slavonic
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Slavic

1813; see Slav + -ic. Earlier in same sense was Slavonic (1640s), from Slavonia, a region of Croatia; Slavonian (1570s). As a noun in reference to a language group from 1812.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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