[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

Examples from the Web for slavic

Contemporary Examples of slavic

Historical Examples of slavic

  • There must have been a strain of Slavic in the old man, he loved Chopin and Tschaïkowsky so.


    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
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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