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See also: Serbocroatian


Alternative forms[edit]


Serbo- +‎ Croatian.


  • IPA(key): /ˌsɜː(ɹ)bəʊkɹəʊˈeɪʃən/
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Proper noun[edit]


  1. The South Slavic language or diasystem of which Bosnian, Croatian, Montenegrin, and Serbian are standard/literary varieties.
  2. The standard Shtokavian variety of that language first codified in the Vienna Literary Agreement and later used officially in Yugoslavia.

Usage notes[edit]

Native speakers use various terms to refer to the form of language spoken by them (Bosnian, Croatian, Montenegrin, Serbian, Serbo-Croatian, Croato-Serbian, etc.). The name equivalent to Serbo-Croatian might be frowned upon by many and is not regularly used by speakers of Serbo-Croatian.







Serbo-Croatian (plural Serbo-Croatians)

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    • 1915, Emma Duke, U. S. Department of Labor, Children’s Bureau: Infant Mortality: Results of a Field Study in Johnstown, Pa., Based on Births in One Calendar Year (Infant Mortality Series No. 3; Bureau Publication No. 9), Washington: United States Government Publishing Office, page 29:
      These conditions exist to some extent among other foreigners, but are not as prevalent among other nationalities in Johnstown as among the Serbo-Croatians.
    • 1919, The National Claims of the Serbians, Croatians and Slovenes, page 28:
      Of 41 members of the Dalmatian Diet, only 6 were Italians, elected all in the town of Zadar, in consequence of the censitary and curial system of elections, and 35 were Serbo-Croatians. All the deputies sent to the Vienna Parliament were Serbo-Croatians.
    • 2003, Paul E. Dinter, The Other Side of the Altar: One Man’s Life in the Catholic Priesthood, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, →ISBN:
      There was a respectable smattering of Italians, a few Poles and Germans, one Serbo-Croatian, and an Englishman named Bill Bishop, whose sidekick I became.
    • 2005, Thomas Sowell, Black Rednecks and White Liberals, Encounter Books, →ISBN:
      [] the illiteracy rate of Polish adults was 40 percent and among Serbo-Croatians was 77 percent, but among Germans only 6 percent.
    • 2008, Carolyn Erickson D’Avanzo, Cultural Health Assessment (Mosby’s Pocket Guide Series), fourth edition, Mosby, →ISBN, page 270:
      Germany absorbed two million refugees from Eastern European Countries and the Russian Federation. The country has small groups of ethnic minorities of Italians, Serbo-Croatians, Greeks, Spanish, and about 98,000 Jews.


Serbo-Croatian (comparative more Serbo-Croatian, superlative most Serbo-Croatian)

  1. In or pertaining to the Serbo-Croatian language.



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