Church Slavonic


: any of several Slavic literary and liturgical languages that continue Old Church Slavonic but vary regionally under influence of vernacular languages

called also Church Slavic

Examples of Church Slavonic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Stylistically, the chapters are wildly diverse: One consists of a sermon that unfolds in a single sentence, and blends Old Church Slavonic, Soviet jargon, and capitalist marketing lingo. Jennifer Wilson, Harper's Magazine, 11 May 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1827, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Church Slavonic was in 1827

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Cite this Entry

“Church Slavonic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2024.

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