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[sluh-von-ik] /sləˈvɒn ɪk/
Origin of Slavonic
1605-15; < New Latin slavonicus, equivalent to Medieval Latin Slavon(ia) + -icus -ic
Related forms
Slavonically, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for Slavonic
Historical Examples
  • Now, no German and no Slavonic dialects give us either the meaning of the name Decebalus or any name like it.

    Opuscula Robert Gordon Latham
  • Those which were Greek and117 Slavonic were saved by the division of the church.

    Folkways William Graham Sumner
  • Thus perished Sviatoslav, in spite of his Slavonic name a thorough type of the Varangian chieftain.

  • Puritan to the core, he yet had proved true to his Slavonic birthright.

    The Dominant Strain Anna Chapin Ray
  • In the ninth century every man between the Elbe and the Niemen spoke some Slavonic dialect.

    Man and His Migrations R. G. (Robert Gordon) Latham
  • They came as conquerors, but in time were absorbed in the more stable Slavonic type.

    Bulgaria Frank Fox
  • Only those eastern parts of Germany which were now occupied by Slavonic peoples remained uninfluenced by this rich civilization.

  • Kastorsky, in his “Slavonic Mythology,” p. 138, starts a theory of his own.

    Russian Fairy Tales W. R. S. Ralston
  • But next to the Slavonic what tongues are nearest the Lithuanic?

    The Ethnology of Europe Robert Gordon Latham
  • They sprang from the old Slavonic stock, and the Slavonic is very like the Keltic in nature.

British Dictionary definitions for Slavonic


a branch of the Indo-European family of languages, usually divided into three subbranches: South Slavonic (including Old Church Slavonic, Serbian, Croatian, Bulgarian, Bosnian, etc), East Slavonic (including Ukrainian, Russian, etc), and West Slavonic (including Polish, Czech, Slovak, etc)
the unrecorded ancient language from which all of these languages developed
of, denoting, or relating to this group of languages
of, denoting, or relating to the people who speak these languages
Word Origin
C17: from Medieval Latin Slavonicus, Sclavonicus, from Slavonia
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