Slavic



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.: .
of or relating to the or their languages.
Contemporary Examples

She grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma, majored in Slavic Languages and Literatures at Princeton University, and is fluent in Russian.
The Prep School Facebook Scandal Lynnley Browning November 21, 2010

Even the words vodka and whiskey are derived from the same word: “water” in Slavic and Gaelic, respectively.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Vodka Debra A. Klein July 22, 2014

The Russian state was happy to exploit and steer the anger of the Slavic underclass.
Great Weekend Reads The Daily Beast March 4, 2011

A true Russian patriot and Slavic brother would see the world differently.
Putin’s Patriotism is Phony, His Desperation is Real Andrew Nagorski April 3, 2014

It means “very tasty;” and it simply never is—that is, not to those unaccustomed to the flavors of the Slavic palate.
The Sickle of Plenty: “Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking” Liesl Schillinger September 12, 2013

Historical Examples

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

noun, adjective
another word (esp US) for Slavonic
adj.

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.

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