[slah-vik, slav-ik]


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 formsan·ti-Slav·ic, adjective, nounnon-Slav·ic, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for slavic


noun, adjective

another word (esp US) for Slavonic
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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.

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