[ sloh-vee-nee-uhn ]


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


  1. of or relating to the Slovenians or Slovenia.

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Word History and Origins

Origin of Slovenian1

First recorded in 1880–85; from German Slowene, from Slovenian Slovệnec (noun), slovệnski (adjective), ultimately derivative of unattested Common Slavic slověninŭ Slav

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Example Sentences

This past July, the country’s Constitutional Court in a 6-3 ruling found a Slovenian law that granted rights to only opposite-sex marriages and adoptions violated a constitutional prohibition against discrimination.

In 2007, the Slovenian Beekeepers’ Association launched a breakfast campaign to reemphasize the nutritional and environmental value of native bee products.

Locals share a deep respect for the winged insects as indispensable pollinators in the food system, and honey appears often in traditional Slovenian delicacies.

In the Slovenian mountains a pilot strapped on the jet suit made by Gravity Industries, glided smoothly and rapidly uphill along a hiking path, and delivered blood plasma to a waiting group.

I wonder if this has anything to do with the long-standing Slovenian-Croatian rivalry.

I ask Mira for a beer and find the tavern only stocks the Slovenian brews Union and Laško.

“We always have fun,” she confided in her lilting Slovenian purr.

Suspicious packages also were found at the Ukrainian and Slovenian embassies that both proved false alarms.

They also bribed Slovenian officials to take an inmate in exchange for the chance to meet President Obama.

A contract gained by a Slovenian company - is a contract lost by a Croatian one.

Another man, a Slovenian, came in 1904, and was here seven years before he sent his wife money enough so she could follow him.

Menus given by a Slovenian woman show the diet of a family of moderate income whose food habits have not been modified in America.

Quite a number of the Slovenian families sent their children to this school, where they were Germanized instead of Americanized.

The Slovenian language is in general official use, and the municipal administration is purely Slovenian.