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Slovak

[sloh-vahk, -vak] /ˈsloʊ vɑk, -væk/
noun
1.
one of a Slavic people dwelling in Slovakia.
2.
the language of Slovakia, a Slavic language closely related to Czech.
adjective
3.
of or relating to the Slovaks or Slovak.
Origin of Slovak
1820-1830
1820-30; < Slovak slovák, ultimately derivative of Slavic *slověninŭ Slav
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  • The Pole still speaks Polish, but he makes an adaptation of his words, and the Slovak understands.

  • The Slovak boats get up all right, by aid of a rope, and steering with knowledge.

    Dracula Bram Stoker
  • This is accounted for by the fact that the Hungarian Government rigorously censored Slovak publications.

    Our Foreigners Samuel P. Orth
  • In North Valley it was the company, the old Slovak insisted.

    King Coal Upton Sinclair
  • The Slovak boats get up all right, by aid of a rope and steering with knowledge.

    Dracula Bram Stoker
  • The tinker's native place, like that of many another Slovak tinker, was Kysuca, near the Silesian border.

    Our Little Czecho-Slovak Cousin Clara Vostrovsky Winlow
  • Also she had fun with him for working under a Slovak—another loss of caste, it appeared!

    King Coal Upton Sinclair
  • A look of delight came upon the old Slovak's face as he listened; he grabbed his buddy by the shoulders, crying, "You mean it?"

    King Coal Upton Sinclair
  • John Godus, a Slovak living in Braddock, is one of a group of twelve young men brought here in 1901, by the last influence.

British Dictionary definitions for Slovak

Slovak

/ˈsləʊvæk/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or characteristic of Slovakia, its people, or their language
noun
2.
the official language of Slovakia, belonging to the West Slavonic branch of the Indo-European family. Slovak is closely related to Czech, they are mutually intelligible
3.
a native or inhabitant of Slovakia
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Word Origin and History for Slovak

1829 (n.), 1887 (adj.), from French Slovak, from the people's own name (cf. Slovak and Czech Slovak, plural Slovaci; Polish Słowak; Russian Slovak; German Slowake). Related: Slovakian.

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