Definition of Finnic in US English:



  • 1Relating to or denoting the group of Finno-Ugric languages that includes Finnish and Estonian.

    • ‘In the first place, the Lapps speak a Finnic dialect which is classified with the extinct Chude, spoken in the early centuries of the present era in Finland.’
    • ‘The major languages of the indigenous minority and majority populations are Samisk, a Finnic language, and two official Norwegian languages, both of which are Germanic languages.’
    • ‘It has been argued that a native Finnic population absorbed northward migrating Indo-Europeans who adopted the Finnic language.’
  • 2Relating to or denoting the group of peoples that includes the Finns and the Estonians.

    • ‘Of the non-Slavic peoples, the Germanic, Jewish, and Finnic were the most important; Jews were rare except in the western borderlands.’
    • ‘Essentially there were two Finnic groups; the Finns of Finland (and their kinsmen in Estonia), and the remnants of the Finnic tribes which had originally inhabited Muscovy.’
    • ‘Other evidence suggests that Eastern Slavic pastoral peoples were widespread in the central and eastern portions of the plain that stretches across the northern half of the Eurasian continent a thousand years earlier, coexisting with Finnic and Lithuanian tribes to the north and enduring recurring waves of conquest.’
    • ‘Some time after the middle of the seventh century, the Bulgars, a people of Hunnic and Finnic stock, who had been driven from their habitations on the Volga as far as the Lower Danube, began to make incursions into Moesia and Thrace.’
    • ‘Physical anthropologists have demonstrated that this Paleo-Siberian racial group later diverged, into the Finnic and Paleo-Asian Groups, via the mechanism of the Darwinian evolution.’