Definition of Slavic in US English:



  • 1Relating to or denoting the branch of the Indo-European language family that includes Russian, Ukrainian, and Belorussian (East Slavic), Polish, Czech, Slovak, and Sorbian (West Slavic), and Bulgarian, Serbian, Croatian, Macedonian, and Slovene (South Slavic).

    • ‘Serbo-Croatian belongs to the Slavic branch of the Indo-European language family.’
    • ‘Bulgarian is a south Slavic language, closely related to Serbo-Croatian and Slovenian and more distantly to Russian.’
    • ‘Macedonian is a South Slavic language in the Indo-European family whose closest relatives are Bulgarian and Serbian.’
    • ‘Slovak is a member of the Western Slavic language group.’
    • ‘Ukrainian is an Indo-European language of the Eastern Slavic group.’
    1. 1.1 Relating to or denoting the peoples of central and eastern Europe who speak any of these languages.
      • ‘Ancestors of the Bosnians, Slavic people of central Europe, first settled in the region that is modern Bosnia in the fifth century.’
      • ‘The girl then continued to rave on about all the nations that were better than the Eastern European Slavic nations.’
      • ‘They gave impetus to the spiritual life of the Eastern Orthodox Slavic community.’
      • ‘Several of the Slavic states of eastern Europe aided the refugees, while many Russians settled in Paris, Berlin, and the western hemisphere.’
      • ‘The first groups of Macedonian Americans tended to congregate in areas where there were other Southern Slavic populations.’


  • The Slavic languages collectively.

    See also Slavonic
    • ‘Slavic is further divided into western and eastern subgroups.’
    • ‘Since ancient times, very substantial strata of Latin and of Slavic and Turkish have been added to Albanian, making the older strata more difficult to analyze.’
    • ‘East Slavic is generally thought to converge to one Old Russian language, which existed until at least the 12th century.’
    • ‘Original Yiddish was written in Hebrew letters and was a mixture of Hebrew, Slavic, and German.’