Definition of Slovene in English:


Pronunciation: /ˈsləʊviːn//sləʊˈviːn/


  • 1A native or inhabitant of Slovenia, or a person of Slovene descent.

    • ‘Besides Slovene television programs, Slovenes can also watch Italian, Austrian, English, and American television shows, including news.’
    • ‘Broadly speaking, there were two main ethnic groups - the Serbs and the Croats - plus three other smaller ethnic groupings - Albanians, Macedonians, Slovenes.’
    • ‘Luckily for the South Africans, the Slovenes seem to have saved their most bruising tackles for each other.’
    • ‘On 20 July 1917, the Yugoslav Committee in conjunction with the exiled Serbian government issued the Corfu Declaration which paved the way for a South Slav state of Serbs, Croats, and Slovenes.’
    • ‘Thus, Croatians, Macedonians, Montenegrins, Serbs and Slovenes each had a separate republic named after them, a republic in which their group was the majority.’
    • ‘But together with the Poles, Ukrainians, Serbs, Croats, and Slovenes the Slavs could, for the first time, form a majority in the Reichsrat if they joined forces.’
    • ‘It's also true that by the time the Slovenes, Maltese or Estonians take the helm, the strain will show - so the team presidencies proposed in the draft constitution will seem a better if duller idea.’
    • ‘Even some Slovenes don't understand what other Slovenes are saying because the villages in the mountains would often get cut off by snow, so they kept their dialects intact.’
    • ‘But outside his circle of family, friends and supporters, his ultra-cycling accomplishments came up a distant second in the minds of most Slovenes.’
    • ‘I have broken bread with the Slovenes and the Slovaks.’
    • ‘Among them were 92 Austrians, 37 Germans, 10 Japanese, eight Americans, four Slovenes, two Dutch, one person from the Czech Republic and one from Great Britain.’
    • ‘Serbia did not survive the war, but King Peter did, emerging in 1918 as monarch of the new kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes, soon to be Yugoslavia.’
    • ‘Though most Slovenes have brushed up on English to prepare for a British invasion, I only saw one other group of British tourists while eating dinner at the marvellous fish restaurant Gostilna As, on Copova Ulica.’
    • ‘Some Slovenes opposed the National Assembly's 2001 decision to allow its waters to be used by nuclear-powered submarines and submarines with nuclear strike capabilities.’
    • ‘The Slovenes appear to be the only European people who still use millet in their traditional cookery; and, like the Russians and the Poles, they have a liking for buckwheat.’
    • ‘He returned home to a newly independent Kingdom of Croats, Slovenes, and Serbs, and became a pivotal figure in the Croatian Communist Party organization.’
    • ‘Hungarians, Poles and Slovenes tend to consume the richest food.’
    • ‘The only significant ethnic minorities are Slovenes, Croats, and small numbers of Czechs and Hungarians.’
    • ‘Yugoslavia was formed in 1918 as the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats, and Slovenes, and Montenegro gave up its statehood to join.’
    • ‘Just 78% believe they have a duty to protect nature, compared to 98% of Swedes, Danes, Slovenes and Germans.’
  • 2[mass noun] The Southern Slavic language of the Slovenes, with about 2 million speakers.

    • ‘His extraordinary skill for language meant that he was the one who always ordered the beers - in Slovene, Hungarian or Russian - but also, being a medical doctor by trade, he was the one we rushed to when we came down with various tummy bugs.’
    • ‘However, the Commission has just over 10 of the 50 interpreters needed for Slovene, and has admitted it has too few for Latvian and Lithuanian.’
    • ‘Other languages spoken in Italy include French, Slovene, German, and Fruilian, which is related to the Romansch language spoken in Switzerland.’
    • ‘Also, relay languages are used in the translation of languages of small nations, eg Maltese is translated into English and then to Slovene and vice versa.’
    • ‘Broadcasts in Bulgarian, Croatian, Czech, Greek, Hungarian, Kazakh, Polish, Slovak, Slovene and Thai will stop by the end of March 2006.’
    • ‘A Slovene congress in Gorizia in October 1868 demanded a Slovene Diet and the use of Slovene in education and administration.’
    • ‘Is it possible that they are all actually speaking their own local languages (these include French, German, Slovene, Albanian, Greek and dozens of dialects)?’
    • ‘EU law will be amended in May to recognise a number of EU languages including Hungarian, Slovene and Maltes.’
    • ‘He has also studied Arabic, Italian, Serbian and Slovene.’
    • ‘The official language of the republic, Slovene, is a Slavic language.’
    • ‘In the border provinces, Italian, Slovene, Croatian, Hungarian, and Czech are also spoken.’


  • Relating to Slovenia, its people, or their language.

    • ‘The work of Croatian and Slovene missionaries in America is well documented.’
    • ‘And Novak too, like many of his predecessors, likes to emphasise the importance of language and literature, especially poetry, for the Slovene nation.’
    • ‘These non-Slavic influences are reflected in the Slovene language, which is written in the Latin alphabet, while most Slavic languages use the Cyrillic alphabet.’
    • ‘The first Slovene composer to gain prominence was Jacob Handl, active in Vienna, Olomouc, and Prague.’
    • ‘In Slovenia I made a detour to Lake Bohinj, where Agatha and second husband Max had once tried to holiday incognito, only to be run to ground by enthusiastic Slovene journalists.’
    • ‘The truth is that the publishing houses of the English-speaking part of the globe express only limited interest in the works of Slovene authors, but, hopefully, supply will follow demand as readers seek out diverse voices.’
    • ‘Not many dramatic works by Slovene authors have been translated into English.’
    • ‘Osmizza derives from the Slovene word for ‘eight’ - referring to an Imperial edict which allowed peasants to offer their produce to paying guests for eight days a year.’
    • ‘It was only on the Adriatic coast, where the Italian minority which remained outside Italy was proving a nuisance, that any concessions were made to the Slovene languages.’
    • ‘Perhaps even more significant was the fact that under the Hapsburgs, the church provided the major career opportunities for poor but bright and ambitious Slovene boys.’
    • ‘Perhaps we could just ask for a couple of autographed photos of Melissa on the Slovene slopes?’
    • ‘The University of Ljubljana reopened as a Slovene university in 1919 with Plemelj as its first Rector.’
    • ‘There was intermittent fighting between Slovene partisans and units of the Yugoslav army during 1990, before Serbia tacitly accepted the situation.’
    • ‘The Lipizzaners were originally a Spanish breed, which were raised in the Slovene town of Lipica and this is where the name comes from.’
    • ‘In 1550, is was the Protestants who published the first book in the Slovene language.’
    • ‘There were no radical changes in the area of new religiosity after Slovene independence in the year 1991-the number of new religious communities was slowly increasing both before and after that time.’
    • ‘The rest of the trip includes the classic Slovene countryside and vineyards, including a town called Ljutomer where they will stay for two nights.’
    • ‘The approval numbers are still larger than those who oppose membership, but the polling does raise questions about the current political mood among the wider Slovene population.’
    • ‘The Roman Catholic Church is by far the largest religion, accounting for about three-quarters of Slovene citizens (if we take baptism as the formal criterion).’
    • ‘Slovene politicians desperately tried to steer a middle course between U.S. pressure and the unpopularity of the war with the majority of the Slovene population.’


From Slovene Slovenec, from a Slavic root shared with Slovak and perhaps related to slovo word.