Serbo-Croatian

noun

Ser·​bo-Cro·​a·​tian ˌsər-(ˌ)bō-krō-ˈā-shən How to pronounce Serbo-Croatian (audio)
1
: the Serbian and Croatian languages together with the Slavic speech of Bosnia, Herzegovina, and Montenegro taken as a single language with regional variants
2
: a person whose native language is Serbo-Croatian
Serbo-Croatian adjective

Examples of Serbo-Croatian in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web One of the world’s most vicious civil wars today, that in the land that once was Yugoslavia, pits peoples unified by language but divided by religion and ethnicity: Orthodox Serbs against Catholic Croats and Muslim Bosnians, all speaking Serbo-Croatian. Jared Diamond, Discover Magazine, 11 Nov. 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

1883, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of Serbo-Croatian was in 1883

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“Serbo-Croatian.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Serbo-Croatian. Accessed 26 May. 2024.

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Serbo-Croatian

noun
Ser·​bo-Cro·​atian
ˌsər-(ˌ)bō-krō-ˈā-shən
: the Serbian and Croatian languages together with the Slavic speech of Bosnia, Herzegovina, and Montenegro considered as a single language with regional variants
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