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From Medieval Latin Croata, from Proto-Slavic *xorvatъ (“Croat”), the Croatian autonym. It, in turn, is probably of non-Slavic origin: it is probably from an Iranian or Germanic language. Compare cravat.
Croat (plural Croats)
- A native or inhabitant of Croatia; a person of Croatian citizenship or ethnicity.
- Synonym: Croatian
- (dated) An irregular soldier, generally from Croatia.
citizen of Croatia or person of Croatian ethnicity
- (uncommon) The Croatian lect.
- 2012, Alen Mattich, Zagreb Cowboy, →ISBN:
- It almost made him laugh. What could he possibly do in Ohio? Did Cleveland have a pressing need for secret policemen who spoke Croat?