Definition of Glagolitic in English:



  • Denoting or relating to an alphabet based on Greek minuscules, formerly used in writing some Slavic languages.

    • ‘The panels are adored with Glagolitic letters of Old Church Slavonic beside samples of Chinese characters.’
    • ‘It lies at the foot of a small winding gravel road known as the Glagolitic Alley, a sculpture trail created in the 1970s to celebrate the Glagolitic script, the precursor to Cyrillic.’
    • ‘Some historians believe that it was he who simplified the Glagolitic alphabet and named it after his teacher St Cyril.’


mass noun
  • The Glagolitic alphabet.

    • ‘The Cyrillic alphabet was brought here by the followers of Saint Cyril and Saint Methodius, who invented the first Slavic alphabet, Glagolitic, in the ninth century.’

The alphabet is of uncertain origin, and was introduced in the 9th century, at about the same time as the Cyrillic alphabet, which has superseded it except in some Orthodox Church liturgies


From modern Latin glagoliticus, from glagòljica, the name in Croatian of the Glagolitic alphabet, from Old Church Slavonic glagolǔ ‘word’.