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Slavic

[slah-vik, slav-ik] /ˈslɑ vɪk, ˈslæv ɪk/
noun
1.
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).
adjective
2.
of or relating to the Slavs or their languages.
Also, Slavonic.
Origin of Slavic
1805-1815
First recorded in 1805-15; Slav + -ic
Related forms
anti-Slavic, adjective, noun
non-Slavic, adjective
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Examples from the Web for Slavic
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  • There must have been a strain of Slavic in the old man, he loved Chopin and Tschaïkowsky so.

    Melomaniacs James Huneker
  • But the aggregate is only 233, while the aggregate of Slavic seats is 259.

    The Governments of Europe

    Frederic Austin Ogg
  • In race the Rumanians are of Latin blood with some admixture of Slavic.

  • For the most part they were children, 21 Slavic, Semitic, Italian.

    The Dust Flower Basil King
  • The Slavic twist to the name amused Flynt, who seized upon it.

    My Life Josiah Flynt
British Dictionary definitions for Slavic

Slavic

/ˈslɑːvɪk/
noun, adjective
1.
another word (esp US) for Slavonic
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Word Origin and History for Slavic
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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