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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 of which Bosnian, Croatian, Montenegrin and Serbian are literary standards.
  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)

  1. A person of Serbian, Croatian, Bosnian, or Montenegrin ethnicity or descent.
    • 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), 4th 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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