Definition of Serbo-Croat in English:

Serbo-Croat

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noun

(also Serbo-Croatian)
  • A term for the South Slavic language spoken in Serbia, Croatia, and elsewhere in the former Yugoslavia. Serbo-Croat comprises four closely similar forms: Serbian, Croatian, Bosnian, and Montenegrin, all of which are written using the Cyrillic and Roman alphabets apart from Croatian, which uses only the Roman. Since the breakup of Yugoslavia the names of the individual languages have generally been preferred.

    ‘Today each of the republics of the former Yugoslavia use their own language, but they are all Slavic languages similar to Serbo-Croatian.’
    • ‘The fact that in the not-so-distant past it would not have raised an eye-lid to have written an analysis in Serbo-Croatian surely underscores the necessity for the unification of the workers of this region.’
    • ‘Most Kosovo Albanians speak and understand Serbo-Croatian.’
    • ‘I do not speak Serbo-Croatian, but I could read the mayor's body language: he was quite unhappy with the intrusion.’
    • ‘Twenty-one percent speak Albanian, three percent speak Turkish, and three percent speak Serbo-Croatian.’
    • ‘From 1945 to 1991, the official language was Serbo-Croatian.’
    • ‘About 7 percent of the population speaks Serbo-Croatian.’
    • ‘I come from Bosnia; I speak Serbo-Croat anyway.’
    • ‘Other languages in which material is posted regularly are German, French, Spanish, Serbo-Croatian, Indonesian, Russian and Sinhala.’
    • ‘Bulgarian is a south Slavic language, closely related to Serbo-Croatian and Slovenian and more distantly to Russian.’
    • ‘She has also written books published in Japanese and Serbo-Croat.’
    • ‘The former also include excellent translations from Serbo-Croatian, as well as a meticulously edited text, useful chronology, and full index.’
    • ‘The interview was conducted in Serbo-Croatian via an interpreter.’
    • ‘The most common native language spoken is English, the second most common is Spanish, and the distant third is Serbo-Croatian.’
    • ‘Patrol members may also have knowledge of languages suitable for the theatre in which they are deployed - Serbo-Croat might be useful, for instance.’

Pronunciation

Serbo-Croat

/ˌsərbōˈkrōˌät/ /ˌsərboʊˈkroʊˌɑt/

adjective

(also Serbo-Croatian)
  • Relating to Serbo-Croat.

    ‘As one of the three Serbo-Croat speakers attached to the British contingent of the force, his role was to act as the principal military negotiator with the Bosnian Serb leadership on behalf of the UN.’
    • ‘What's it supposed to be, some type of Serbo-Croatian shorthand?’
    • ‘Underground's original Serbo-Croatian soundtrack is offered in Dolby stereo.’
    • ‘These are, respectively, the Russian and Serbo-Croat words for ‘cheese’, and form part of the names of some cheeses made in Russia, Yugoslavia, and elsewhere.’
    • ‘Additionally, a 12-week language-conversion course converts Russian linguists to Serbo-Croatian linguists.’

Pronunciation

Serbo-Croat

/ˌsərbōˈkrōˌät/ /ˌsərboʊˈkroʊˌɑt/