- 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.
Origin of Altaic
Examples from the Web for altaic
Historical Examples of altaic
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.
A knowledge of these formulae is possessed by wizards (Finnish noita) corresponding to the Shamans of the Altaic peoples.
- 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
Word Origin and History for altaic
1832 as a linguistic family, from French Altaïque, from Altaïen, from Altai, name of a mountain range in Asia.