- of the Baltic Sea
- of the Baltic States
- designating or of a branch of the Indo-European language family that includes Lithuanian, Latvian, and Old Prussian
- Of or relating to the Baltic Sea, the Baltic States, or a Baltic-speaking people.
- Of or relating to the branch of the Indo-European language family that contains Latvian, Lithuanian, and Old Prussian.
(comparative more baltic, superlative most baltic)
- (Ireland, Scotland) Very cold
(comparative more Baltic, superlative most Baltic)
- Of or pertaining to the Baltic region or the Baltic Sea.
- Of or pertaining to any of the Baltic languages.
- Of or pertaining to the Balts (the Baltic peoples).
From Medieval Latin Balticus, from Latin Balthae (“dwellers near the Baltic sea”). The ultimate origin is uncertain, but possibilities are:
- From North Germanic *balta (“straight”), in reference to the narrow entrenceway of the sea
- From Lithuanian baltas (“white”), which is from Proto-Indo-European *bhel- (“white”)
- Related to Latin balteus (“belt”), referring to the Danish straits, "the Belts". This is suggested by Adam of Bremen, who in the 11th century first recorded the name (Balticus, eo quod in modum baltei longo tractu per Scithicas regiones tendatur usque in Greciam).