Definition of Slovene in English:


Pronunciation /ˈsləʊviːn//sləʊˈviːn/


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

    • ‘The only significant ethnic minorities are Slovenes, Croats, and small numbers of Czechs and Hungarians.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I have broken bread with the Slovenes and the Slovaks.’
    • ‘He returned home to a newly independent Kingdom of Croats, Slovenes, and Serbs, and became a pivotal figure in the Croatian Communist Party organization.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Thus, Croatians, Macedonians, Montenegrins, Serbs and Slovenes each had a separate republic named after them, a republic in which their group was the majority.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Yugoslavia was formed in 1918 as the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats, and Slovenes, and Montenegro gave up its statehood to join.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Broadly speaking, there were two main ethnic groups - the Serbs and the Croats - plus three other smaller ethnic groupings - Albanians, Macedonians, Slovenes.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Just 78% believe they have a duty to protect nature, compared to 98% of Swedes, Danes, Slovenes and Germans.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Hungarians, Poles and Slovenes tend to consume the richest food.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Luckily for the South Africans, the Slovenes seem to have saved their most bruising tackles for each other.’
    • ‘Besides Slovene television programs, Slovenes can also watch Italian, Austrian, English, and American television shows, including news.’
  • 2mass noun The Southern Slavic language of the Slovenes, with about 2 million speakers.

    • ‘The official language of the republic, Slovene, is a Slavic language.’
    • ‘Is it possible that they are all actually speaking their own local languages (these include French, German, Slovene, Albanian, Greek and dozens of dialects)?’
    • ‘He has also studied Arabic, Italian, Serbian and Slovene.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Other languages spoken in Italy include French, Slovene, German, and Fruilian, which is related to the Romansch language spoken in Switzerland.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In the border provinces, Italian, Slovene, Croatian, Hungarian, and Czech are also spoken.’
    • ‘EU law will be amended in May to recognise a number of EU languages including Hungarian, Slovene and Maltes.’
    • ‘Broadcasts in Bulgarian, Croatian, Czech, Greek, Hungarian, Kazakh, Polish, Slovak, Slovene and Thai will stop by the end of March 2006.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A Slovene congress in Gorizia in October 1868 demanded a Slovene Diet and the use of Slovene in education and administration.’


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

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There was intermittent fighting between Slovene partisans and units of the Yugoslav army during 1990, before Serbia tacitly accepted the situation.’
    • ‘The work of Croatian and Slovene missionaries in America is well documented.’
    • ‘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).’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘And Novak too, like many of his predecessors, likes to emphasise the importance of language and literature, especially poetry, for the Slovene nation.’
    • ‘The first Slovene composer to gain prominence was Jacob Handl, active in Vienna, Olomouc, and Prague.’
    • ‘Perhaps we could just ask for a couple of autographed photos of Melissa on the Slovene slopes?’
    • ‘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 University of Ljubljana reopened as a Slovene university in 1919 with Plemelj as its first Rector.’
    • ‘In 1550, is was the Protestants who published the first book in the Slovene language.’
    • ‘The Lipizzaners were originally a Spanish breed, which were raised in the Slovene town of Lipica and this is where the name comes from.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The rest of the trip includes the classic Slovene countryside and vineyards, including a town called Ljutomer where they will stay for two nights.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Not many dramatic works by Slovene authors have been translated into English.’
    • ‘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.’


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