AskDefine | Define Slavonic

Dictionary Definition

Slavonic adj : of or relating to Slavic languages [syn: Slavic] n : a branch of the Indo European family of language [syn: Slavic, Slavic language, Slavonic language]

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English

Etymology

From Slavonicus, Sclavonicus, from Slavonia.

Noun

  1. A branch of the Indo-European family of languages, usually divided into three subbranches:
  2. The unrecorded ancient language from which all of these languages developed.

Adjective

  1. Of, denoting, or relating to the people who speak these languages.
  2. Of, denoting, or relating to Slavonia and its inhabitants.

Synonyms

References

"Collins Dictionary".

Extensive Definition

Slavic and Slavonic are used interchangeably in English, with the former preferred in U.S. English, and the latter in UK English. The Oxford English Dictionary gives citations of Slavonic back to the mid-17th century, whereas it seems that Slavic only appeared in the 19th century. Derivatives can be made from both forms, e.g. Slavism vs. Slavonism and Slavicize vs. Slavonize; but note Slavification vs. Slavonisation.
Slav, Slavic or Slavonic can refer to:

See also

Slavonic in German: Slave
Slavonic in Spanish: Eslavo
Slavonic in Persian: اسلاو
Slavonic in French: Slave
Slavonic in Italian: Slavo
Slavonic in Hebrew: סלאבי
Slavonic in Hungarian: Szlávok
Slavonic in Norwegian: Slavisk
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