or Slo·ve·ni·an

[ sloh-veen, sloh-veen or sloh-vee-nee-uh n, ]
/ sloʊˈvin, ˈsloʊ vin or sloʊˈvi ni ən, /


one of a Slavic people dwelling in Slovenia.
a South Slavic language spoken in Slovenia.


of or relating to the Slovenes or Slovene.

Origin of Slovene

1880–85; < German Slowene < Slovene Slovệnec (noun), slovệnski (adj.), ultimately derivative of Common Slavic *slověninŭ Slav Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for slovene


/ (sləʊˈviːn) /

adjective Also: Slovenian

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


Also: Slovenian a South Slavonic language spoken in Slovenia, closely related to Croatian
  1. a native or inhabitant of Slovenia
  2. a speaker of Slovene
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Word Origin and History for slovene



Slavic people of Carinthia and Styria, 1883, from German Slowene, from Slovenec, the people's own name, originally literally "Slav." A survival of the old native designation of the Slavic people, cf. Old Church Slavonic Slovene. Related: Slovenian.

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