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[slah-vik, slav-ik] /ˈslɑ vɪk, ˈslæv ɪk/
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).
of or relating to the Slavs or their languages.
Also, Slavonic.
Origin of Slavic
First recorded in 1805-15; Slav + -ic
Related forms
anti-Slavic, adjective, noun
non-Slavic, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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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


noun, adjective
another word (esp US) for Slavonic
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Slavic

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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