Glagolitic Definition

Belonging to or written in an uncial alphabet attributed to Saint Cyril, formerly used in the writing of various Slavic languages but now limited to the Catholic liturgical books used by some communities along the Dalmatian coast.
American Heritage
Designating or of a Slavic alphabet probably predating the Cyrillic alphabet.
Webster's New World

Denoting Slavic Roman Catholic rites in Dalmatia.


(linguistics) The oldest known Slavonic alphabet, designed around 862–863 by Saint Cyril in order to translate the Bible and other texts into Old Church Slavonic. Mostly replaced by Cyrillic alphabet in Orthodox Christian Slavic countries, but still in use in the Croatian Church along the Dalmatian coast, in Czech and Croatian recensions of Church Slavic.


Origin of Glagolitic

  • From New Latin glagoliticus, from Serbo-Croatian glagoljica/глагољица, from Old Church Slavonic глаголъ (glagolŭ, “word, speech”), Glagolitic spelling ⰳⰾⰰⰳⱁⰾⱏ (glagolŭ).

    From Wiktionary

  • From Serbo-Croatian glagoljica from glagol word from Old Church Slavonic glagolŭ gal- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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