Definition of Slovak in US English:



  • 1A native or inhabitant of Slovakia, or a person of Slovak descent.

    • ‘Reunited after the war, the Czechs and Slovaks set national elections for the spring of 1946.’
    • ‘The Hungarians, Poles, Slovaks and Slovenians all kept a diplomatic silence, wishing Ireland well in the second attempt to allow them into the EU.’
    • ‘The charter class consisted of nineteen students (Hungarians, Slovaks, Poles, and Russians) and five faculty members.’
    • ‘The vast majority of Czechs, Slovaks and Slovenians will stay at home anyway, but we will also benefit from closer involvement with them.’
    • ‘After the Austrian declaration of war on Serbia and Russia in 1914, the Czechs and Slovaks, in a struggle to establish a common republic, joined the side of the Allies.’
    • ‘The other recognized minorities are Slovaks, Croatians, Serbians, Romanians, Slovenians, Germans, Greeks, Ukrainians and Armenians.’
    • ‘These new immigrants were largely Italians, Hungarians, Jews, Serbians, Irish, and Slovaks.’
    • ‘It is settled by Serbs and other Slavs, plus large numbers of Hungarians, Romanians, Slovaks, and Ruthenians, each speaking and reading in their own tongue.’
    • ‘You just have to think of the hugely expensive wedding celebrations of the Serbs, Slovaks and Roma.’
    • ‘The history of Slovak parliamentarianism stems from the struggles of Slovaks for national identity and state sovereignty.’
    • ‘They settled in urban villages near other Slavs, Poles, Jews, and Slovaks, seeking a sense of community to replace the one they had left.’
    • ‘Despite ideological dogma, Czechs, Slovaks and Bulgarians found ways to recognise each other and discover the beauty of their countries and nations based on Slavonic origins.’
    • ‘The empire's estimated one million inhabitants included all the western Slavs (peoples who became the Czechs, Moravians, Slovaks, and Poles).’
    • ‘Today, Czechs and Slovaks are full of praise for the American people who greatly influenced the fate of millions living in Central and Eastern Europe.’
    • ‘Northern Baptists had organized training schools for Hungarians, Slovaks, Poles, Russians, and Italians.’
    • ‘Constituencies were redrawn to give maximum weight to Magyars and minimum influence to other nationalities such as Slovaks, Serbs, and Transylvanians.’
    • ‘My ward was made up of Polish, Ukrainians, Russians, Greeks, Slovaks, Appalachians, Puerto Ricans, blacks.’
    • ‘The remaining 3.9 percent is made up of Germans, Slovaks, South Slavs, Gypsies, and Romanians.’
    • ‘His ability to unite Czechs and Slovak was demonstrated by his leading role in the creation of a common Czech and Slovaks national council in 1915.’
    • ‘In 1916, there were three Slovak Congregational churches and another that included both Czechs and Slovaks.’
  • 2The West Slavic language of Slovakia, closely related to Czech.

    • ‘They say masses in Polish and Slovak and Russian.’
    • ‘There's quite a bit of classical Hebrew and English in there too, probably some Russian, Slovak and Polish as well.’
    • ‘Polish is a West Slavic language, part of the Lekhite subgroup, and is similar to Czech and Slovak.’
    • ‘He was translating books, from Russian, English, French to Slovak.’
    • ‘Even though the Czech and Slovak languages are closely related and mutually intelligible, many Czechs viewed Slovak as a caricature of Czech.’
    • ‘BBC broadcasts in Bulgarian, Croatian, Czech, Greek, Hungarian, Kazakh, Polish, Slovak, Slovene and Thai languages will cease by March 2006.’
    • ‘Magyar (the language of ethnic Hungarians) and German are spoken, as are Serbian, Ukrainian, Slovak, Czech, Bulgarian, and Turkish.’
    • ‘In the White House budget submitted to congress in February, a proposal was made to shut down RFE broadcasts in Bulgarian, Romanian, Slovak, Croatian, Latvian, Lithuanian and Estonian.’
    • ‘Speaking in Slovak in a shaky and sometimes slurred voice, the pontiff thanked God that ‘he allowed me another apostolic trip in the name of Christ’.’
    • ‘The audio recording is presented in its original Czech/Slovak.’
    • ‘Speaking Kosovo, Macedonian, Serbian, Bosnian, Croat, Slovak, and English weren't enough, and he began immersing himself in Bulgarian and Romanian.’
    • ‘Nevertheless, after one informant taught Tommy Mulligan enough Slovak so they could converse, he became an acceptable companion.’
    • ‘Users can now search in 21 languages, including Czech, Hungarian, Slovak, Russian, and traditional Chinese.’
    • ‘However, Slovak is taught in various Sunday schools for children and in universities, including the University of Pittsburgh.’
    • ‘Czech and Slovak are both official languages.’
    • ‘There are also letters in Czech, Slovak, English, German, and French that Skvorecky exchanged with other people striving to keep the Czechoslovak literary scene alive.’
    • ‘In the nineteenth century, Ján Kollár participated in the development of a written form of Slovak that combined the western and central dialects.’
    • ‘She also speaks German and Russian, and as a Czech speaker understands Slovak.’
    • ‘I speak English, Romanian, Slovak, and some Hungarian, your majesty.’
    • ‘Slovak leaders who demanded the use of Slovak in county assemblies and schools (and on 10 May a federative reorganization of Hungary) had to flee to Prague to avoid arrest by the Magyar authorities.’


  • Relating to the Slovaks or their language.

    • ‘Where did it speak to liberal - minded, middle-class families who, for one thing, actually like immigrants, not least Polish and Slovak au pairs?’
    • ‘Bourgas police reported that two Slovak citizens were robbed of 600 leva, $100, 200 euro and two mobile phones in their lodging place in Primorsko resort on August 14.’
    • ‘The group also took time to cycle around the Slovak countryside extending over the border into the Czech Republic.’
    • ‘One teacher was an old, distinguished and very decent Slovak lady, wearing glasses, naturally.’
    • ‘Congenial hospitality, interesting people and a wonderful buffet of Slovak food, all in a laid-back mood, added up to a very enjoyable celebration, perfect for the occasion.’
    • ‘The Danube river faces an ecological crisis after the sinking of the Slovak cargo ship Polana near the port of Rousse.’
    • ‘Undoubtedly, there are at least as many stories as there are Czech and Slovak families.’
    • ‘When I bring my Slovak friends back to York this summer I hope that the situation will have been considerably improved for all tourists and residents alike.’
    • ‘Germany complains ever louder about the cost of supporting the Polish and Slovak economies as these countries race ahead, attracting a torrent of foreign investment.’
    • ‘The ratification was high on the agenda for the last sitting of the Slovak parliament before its summer recess.’
    • ‘He said some 5,500 Slovak policemen and 400 firefighters will be on duty.’
    • ‘International visitors were the Klnka Folk Dancers from the Slovak Republic.’
    • ‘I would have to make things hard for myself by going to the Slovak bloc.’
    • ‘That's why I've not bothered to contact the Slovak guys for advice.’
    • ‘Ms Hutterova said Slovak authorities were ready to deal with any threats on the Pope's life during his four-day visit, which begins on Thursday.’
    • ‘Hundley, who was in the country on an educational scholarship, was interviewed about the difficulties of learning the Slovak language.’
    • ‘Like those of other Eastern European languages, Slovak words feature clusters of consonants; some words have practically no vowels at all.’
    • ‘The street hosted a fair featuring Irish and Slovak foods, arts and crafts, and a free concert featuring music from the two countries.’
    • ‘There is no shortage of similar triumphs of money over taste in the Slovak capital.’
    • ‘Since March 2001 he has been locked up in a Slovak prison.’


The name in Slovak, from a Slavic root shared with Slovene and perhaps related to slovo ‘word’.