[ al-tey-ik ]
/ ælˈteɪ ɪk /
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the Turkic, Mongolian, and Tungusic language families collectively, spoken over a broad expanse of Eurasia, from southeastern Europe to the Pacific: variously considered to be a single, genetically related family, with Japanese and Korean sometimes also included, or a group of languages with shared typologies and histories, but not genetically akin.
of or belonging to Altaic.
of or relating to the Altai Mountains.
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Also Al·ta·ian [al-tey-uhn, -tahy-]. /ælˈteɪ ən, -taɪ-/.
Words nearby Altaic
alt, Alta., Alta California, Altadena, Altai, Altaic, Altai Mountains, Altair, Altai Republic, Altamaha, Altamira
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How to use Altaic in a sentence
We may at least suspect that the Slavic vowel is not historically unconnected with its Ural-Altaic parallels.Language|Edward Sapir
In the case of the Altaic races which we are considering, cause and effect mutually strengthened each other.
Aston, in a pamphlet on the Altaic tongues, cites an instance which is so much to the point that I venture to repeat it here.
They belong to the Finnish family, and consequently to the Ural-Altaic division of the human race.
Turkish is the westernmost representative of a great group of languages, best known, perhaps, as the Ural-Altaic family.
British Dictionary definitions for Altaic
/ (ælˈteɪɪk) /
a postulated family of languages of Asia and SE Europe, consisting of the Turkic, Mongolic, and Tungusic branches, and perhaps also Japanese, Korean, and AinuSee also Ural-Altaic
denoting, belonging to, or relating to this linguistic family or its speakers
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