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Cyrillic

[si-ril-ik]
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  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 relating to St. Cyril.
noun
  1. Cyrillic script.

Origin of Cyrillic

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

adjective
  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
noun
  1. this alphabet
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Word Origin and History for cyrillic

Cyrillic

1842, in reference to the Slavic alphabet, from St. Cyril, 9c. apostle of the Slavs, who supposedly invented it. The alphabet replaced earlier Glagolitic. The name Cyril is Late Latin Cyrillus, from Greek Kyrillos, literally "lordly, masterful," related to kyrios "lord, master" (see church).

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