Definition of Yugoslav in English:


Pronunciation: /ˈjuːɡə(ʊ)slɑːv//ˌjuːɡə(ʊ)ˈslɑːv/


  • A native or inhabitant of Yugoslavia or its former constituent republics, or a person of Yugoslav descent.

    and → Jugoslav
    • ‘Average Yugoslavs suddenly no longer felt safe in the streets or in their homes.’
    • ‘The Yugoslav provides a vivid account of Russian gluttony.’
    • ‘Although the Yugoslavs were a bit of an unknown quantity, we were really confident when we went into the game.’
    • ‘The Serbs went south, and became known as the South Slavs, or Yugoslavs.’
    • ‘Although they caught the Yugoslavs by surprise, they were exposed somewhat when they upped a gear.’
    • ‘After 1918 Croatians were listed as Yugoslavs.’
    • ‘As the end of the 1950s approached, the Yugoslavs were operating around 150 Thunderbolts and Mosquitos as well as 400 jet fighters.’
    • ‘To outsiders all Yugoslavs look much the same but that means nothing.’
    • ‘Greeks, Yugoslavs and Poles were concentrated in enclaves around the suburb.’


  • Relating to Yugoslavia, its former constituent republics, or its people.

    • ‘The films are the first programming to be broadcast in all six former Yugoslav republics.’
    • ‘Mr. Russell is currently working on a film about the great scientist of Yugoslav origin, Nikola Tesla.’
    • ‘In this poor, tiny, former Yugoslav republic, where unemployment runs at 50%, there are too many similar stories.’
    • ‘The 10 women involved were already Yugoslav passport holders and returned to Belgrade after only a few weeks in Manila.’
    • ‘Croatia is also a lot more expensive than a lot of the other former Yugoslav republics to live in, yet this still did not send people towards begging.’
    • ‘Croatia is only the second former Yugoslav republic to seek membership.’
    • ‘Looking at old Yugoslav science fiction is intriguing.’
    • ‘Serbia, one of two Yugoslav republics, makes up 90 percent of Yugoslavia's population of 10 million.’
    • ‘Half of Yugoslav industry collapsed, a quarter of the workforce lost their jobs and social programmes were destroyed.’
    • ‘Though certainly a nationalist, he was by no means the most rightwing exponent in either Serbia or the other former Yugoslav republics.’


From Austrian German Jugoslav, from Croatian jug south + Slav.