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[sluh-von-ik] /sləˈvɒn ɪk/
Origin of Slavonic
1605-15; < New Latin slavonicus, equivalent to Medieval Latin Slavon(ia) + -icus -ic
Related forms
Slavonically, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for Slavonic
Historical Examples
  • Puritan to the core, he yet had proved true to his Slavonic birthright.

    The Dominant Strain Anna Chapin Ray
  • They came as conquerors, but in time were absorbed in the more stable Slavonic type.

    Bulgaria Frank Fox
  • Kastorsky, in his “Slavonic Mythology,” p. 138, starts a theory of his own.

    Russian Fairy Tales W. R. S. Ralston
  • Troyan is also the name of a mythical king who often figures in Slavonic legends.

    Russian Fairy Tales W. R. S. Ralston
  • They sprang from the old Slavonic stock, and the Slavonic is very like the Keltic in nature.

  • They had all the delightful Slavonic zeal, the Slavonic dash, the Slavonic imagination.

  • Those which were Greek and117 Slavonic were saved by the division of the church.


    William Graham Sumner
  • Haxthausen, Baron von, on Slavonic and Russian society, 193-195.

  • They have their own schools and churches, and are taught in the Slavonic tongue.

  • Their history is rather obscure, but they are undoubtedly a Slavonic tribe.

    Austria Frederick Shoberl
British Dictionary definitions for Slavonic


a branch of the Indo-European family of languages, usually divided into three subbranches: South Slavonic (including Old Church Slavonic, Serbian, Croatian, Bulgarian, Bosnian, etc), East Slavonic (including Ukrainian, Russian, etc), and West Slavonic (including Polish, Czech, Slovak, etc)
the unrecorded ancient language from which all of these languages developed
of, denoting, or relating to this group of languages
of, denoting, or relating to the people who speak these languages
Word Origin
C17: from Medieval Latin Slavonicus, Sclavonicus, from Slavonia
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