Origin of Slavonic

1605–15; < New Latin slavonicus, equivalent to Medieval Latin Slavon(ia) + -icus -ic
Related formsSla·von·i·cal·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for slavonic

Historical Examples of slavonic

  • 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.


    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.

British Dictionary definitions for slavonic


esp US Slavic


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 for Slavonic

C17: from Medieval Latin Slavonicus, Sclavonicus, from Slavonia
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