Definition of Croat in US English:

Croat

noun & adjective

  • another term for Croatian
    • ‘There was a small Bosnian village where Croats and Serbs fought a war against each other.’
    • ‘Hailing from the Balkans, the so-called powder keg of Europe, Croats are a tall and somewhat western looking people.’
    • ‘The Croats speak Croatian, a South Slavic language of the Indo-European family.’
    • ‘This then joined the Kingdom of the Serbs, Croats, and Slovenes, later renamed Yugoslavia.’
    • ‘The Croats and the Russians didn't sign up in advance for aerotowing, so they will be lucky to be placed at the back of the queue on the first day.’
    • ‘Unlike Serbs, Croats, Slovaks, Czechs, French, Norwegians and so on, Poles were not permitted a collaborator government.’
    • ‘The Bulgars and Croats are most into roleplay and dressing up.’
    • ‘As a Serb living among Croats and Bosnians he was, more than most, forced to confront his identity and loyalties.’
    • ‘The Magyars were more anxious than ever to suppress the national movements of Romanians, Slovaks, Croats, and Serbs.’
    • ‘Under the Hapsburgs, urban Croats spoke German, and Latin was the official language of government.’
    • ‘In terms of England's qualification, if they draw, a victory by France over Switzerland, or a draw in that game, would see them finish above the Croats and the Swiss.’
    • ‘It did not survive the battles between Serbs and Croats.’
    • ‘Their descendants account for about a third of the present population, the remainder being mainly Serbs and Croats.’
    • ‘‘We mustn't make the mistake of under-estimating the Croats as we did the Czechs,’ he said.’
    • ‘They are everything from Koreans to Russians, and from Croats to Bosnians.’
    • ‘For a start, many Croats object to it being restored at all.’
    • ‘Dalmatian Croats are fairly dark - skinned but their inland brethren are quite fair.’
    • ‘Such was not the case in the brutal conflict between the Serbs and Croats.’
    • ‘By half way the Croats had eaten at the two second Egyptian lead and continued to surge.’
    • ‘His passing will be mourned by the Greeks, Croats, Hungarians, Italians and any other ethnic group you can name.’

Origin

From modern Latin Croatae (plural), from Serbian and Croatian Hrvat.

Pronunciation

Croat

/ˈkroʊæt//ˈkrōat/