Definition of Baltic in US English:



  • 1Relating to the Baltic Sea or the region surrounding it.

    • ‘Seven new countries from eastern Europe and the Baltic region, formerly part of the Soviet empire, were given membership tickets.’
    • ‘It was by trading Baltic amber for metals with more advanced peoples that the Neolithic peoples of the Baltic region were enabled to move out of the Stone Age.’
    • ‘The reason is that Kaliningrad also depends on transit trade through the non-Russian Baltic region.’
    • ‘This study used a set of 363 males from eight populations from Scandinavia and the Baltic region.’
    • ‘In other areas, large igneous rock formations of the Middle Silurian arose, such as those in Central Europe, as well as light sedimentation throughout the Baltic region.’
    • ‘Other salads, common to the Baltic region, include a preserved mixed fruit salad and a sour cream-cucumber salad.’
    • ‘Before the end of the Cold War, the Baltic region of Northeastern Europe was an area of little political action or interest for the United States.’
    • ‘Sweden was the primary power in the Baltic region for more than a hundred years, until challenged by Russia in the eighteenth century.’
    • ‘As the Russian Empire expanded in the 1600s, German military control of the Baltic region weakened.’
    • ‘While distinctive, Linnap's work participates in the broad wave of conceptual photography that has prevailed in the Baltic region in recent years.’
    • ‘Baltic activists seized on the 1975 Helsinki Accords to demand respect for national and individual rights in the Baltic region.’
    • ‘There is a broad cultural continuity throughout the federation and among the millions of Russians in the newly independent republics of Central Asia, the Baltic region, and the Caucasus.’
    • ‘It supports the restoration of a levy on grain imports from the Black Sea and Baltic regions and pledges to resist any further support price cuts.’
    • ‘This species is not known from Sweden or elsewhere in the western Baltic region, where hyoliths are far more common than in Estonia.’
    • ‘Despite the history of Stalinist betrayals, the Red Army was able to take the Baltic region within days of the start of the January offensive, often receiving support from local anti-Nazi partisans.’
    • ‘By one count, 500 extinct spider species have been found in amber from Europe's Baltic region alone.’
    • ‘The lineage has been recorded in Llandovery rocks of the Welsh Borderland, the Baltic region, and eastern North America.’
    • ‘The Russians do possess and have clearly announced their vital security interest in the Baltic region.’
    • ‘The player travels south through the Baltic region, Poland and Yugoslavia to Greece, where the weapon factory is located in an old monastery.’
    • ‘However, Bulgaria, which is regarded as a gateway to countries in the Baltic region, has invited Thais to invest more in the country.’
  • 2Denoting, belonging to, or relating to a branch of the Indo-European family of languages consisting of Lithuanian, Latvian, and Old Prussian.

    • ‘The official language is Lithuanian, one of two remaining languages in the Baltic branch of the Indo-European languages.’
    • ‘Latvian, along with Lithuanian, is considered part of the small Baltic language group of the Indo-European family.’
    • ‘Therefore Lithuanian and Latvian are the only two languages of the Baltic language family still spoken today.’
    • ‘Latvian belongs to the Baltic group of languages.’
    • ‘After all, Baltic and Slavic languages have retained an alarming amount of Indo-European inflections in all of their mumbled, word-final splendor.’


  • 1the BalticThe Baltic Sea or the Baltic States.

  • 2The Baltic languages collectively.

    • ‘If not, do Southern Europeans speak Baltic?’
    • ‘But you just can't argue with top-notch Baltic pop-rock like this.’
    • ‘Is it true that they all speak Baltic?’


Late 16th century: from medieval Latin Balticus, from late Latin Balthae ‘dwellers near the Baltic Sea’.