[sloh-vahk, -vak]


one of a Slavic people dwelling in Slovakia.
the language of Slovakia, a Slavic language closely related to Czech.


of or relating to the Slovaks or Slovak.

Origin of Slovak

1820–30; < Slovak slovák, ultimately derivative of Slavic *slověninŭ Slav Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for slovak

Contemporary Examples of slovak

  • Both Slovak and Austrian gas experts reported the flow of Russian gas dropping 20 to 25 percent.

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    In Ukraine, Winter Is Coming

    Anna Nemtsova

    September 23, 2014

Historical Examples of slovak

  • The Slovak boats get up all right, by aid of a rope, and steering with knowledge.


    Bram Stoker

  • At the same time he muttered: "Take care what you are about, you Slovak dog!"

    Our Little Czecho-Slovak Cousin

    Clara Vostrovsky Winlow

  • In North Valley it was the company, the old Slovak insisted.

    King Coal

    Upton Sinclair

  • The Slovak boats get up all right, by aid of a rope and steering with knowledge.


    Bram Stoker

  • The Slovak Bartholomaeides, a distinguished scholar, has written several useful works on various topics.

British Dictionary definitions for slovak



of, relating to, or characteristic of Slovakia, its people, or their language


the official language of Slovakia, belonging to the West Slavonic branch of the Indo-European family. Slovak is closely related to Czech, they are mutually intelligible
a native or inhabitant of Slovakia
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Word Origin and History for slovak


1829 (n.), 1887 (adj.), from French Slovak, from the people's own name (cf. Slovak and Czech Slovak, plural Slovaci; Polish Słowak; Russian Slovak; German Slowake). Related: Slovakian.

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