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Slav·​ic ˈslä-vik How to pronounce Slavic (audio)
: a branch of the Indo-European language family containing Belarusian, Bulgarian, Czech, Polish, Serbian and Croatian, Slovene, Russian, and Ukrainian see Indo-European Languages Table


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: of, relating to, or characteristic of the Slavs or their languages

Examples of Slavic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
The video carried the emblem of the Russian Army’s 1st Slavic Brigade, which had entered the Zenit area in the south of Avdiivka two days earlier, according to multiple accounts. Tim Lister, CNN, 19 Feb. 2024 Throughout the month of May, this special event will donate a portion of sales to Humanitarian Aid for Ukraine, organized by Full Gospel Slavic Church of Meridian. Michelle Jenkins, Idaho Statesman, 31 Jan. 2024 Intersections at Park & Market Concert Series presents Slavic Soul Party! George Varga, San Diego Union-Tribune, 1 Dec. 2023 Professor Lisa Di Bartolomeo, who coordinates the Russian studies and Slavic and East European studies programs, has urged others to pepper the university with pleas to continue all of the language programs. Leah Willingham, Fortune, 21 Aug. 2023 With her dark eye shadow and severe bangs, Denisova resembles a Slavic Chrissie Hynde. James Sullivan,, 1 June 2023 The nonprofit serves Broadway Slavic Village residents. Laura Hancock, cleveland, 31 May 2022
As Maxime, Ferrell concocts a faux-French accent almost as thick as Gru’s Slavic one. Peter Debruge, Variety, 14 June 2024 The official language of Montenegro is Montenegrin, a South Slavic language that is mutually intelligible with Serbian, Albanian, Croatian, and Bosnian. Jake Parks, Discover Magazine, 10 June 2024 Bari has long maintained spiritual ties with Russia, Ukraine and other Slavic and Eastern Orthodox cultures through St. Nicholas, who is revered as a miracle worker, the patron saint of travelers and children and, among some, the original Santa Claus. Lara Jakes, New York Times, 10 June 2024 The hills are alive with the sound of bassy Eurotrash, Slavic rap, and gaudy operatic pop. Justin Curto, Vulture, 11 May 2024 Bees also occur in legends across diverse cultures, including in African folklore, Celtic mythology, Chinese symbolism, Greek and Roman mythology, ancient Egyptian mythology Indigenous folklore across the Americas, and Slavic mythology. Jenna Prestininzi, Detroit Free Press, 24 Apr. 2024 Around that same time, Mount Athos saw the arrival of Slavic monks, recently converted from paganism, who became an important presence on the peninsula and remain so today. Robert F. Worth, The Atlantic, 10 Apr. 2024 My background is in Slavic languages and literature. Jennifer Wilson, The New Yorker, 3 Mar. 2024 One of the most accomplished dystopian authors of her generation, Roth delivers a new twist on the Slavic legend of Baba Jaga, crafting an enchanting world full of monsters, knights, and witches. Ew Staff Published,, 20 Dec. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use


1812, in the meaning defined above


1778, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Slavic was in 1778

Dictionary Entries Near Slavic

Cite this Entry

“Slavic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 adjective
Slav·​ic ˈslav-ik How to pronounce Slavic (audio)
: of, relating to, or characteristic of the Slavs or their languages


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: a branch of the Indo-European language family including Belarusian, Bulgarian, Czech, Polish, Serbian and Croatian, Slovene, Russian, and Ukrainian
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