from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A putative language family of Europe and Asia that includes the Turkic, Tungusic, and Mongolian subfamilies.
  • adj. Of or relating to the Altai Mountains.
  • adj. Of or relating to Altaic.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of or pertaining to a hypothetical grouping of languages that includes the Turkic, Mongolic, and Tungusic and less often the Japanese and Korean languages. The most familiar modern languages of this group include Turkish, Mongolian and, more controversially, Japanese and Korean.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. of or pertaining to the Altaic languages.
  • n. a collective term for a group of related linguistic families including the Turkic, Tungusik and Mongolian languages, spoken over a broad area from southeastern Europe and Asia, as far east as the Pacific.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining to the Altai, a vast range of mountains extending in an easterly direction through a considerable portion of Asia, and forming part of the boundary between the Russian and Chinese dominions.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. any member of the peoples speaking a language in the Altaic language group
  • adj. of or pertaining to or written in Altaic
  • n. a group of related languages spoken in Asia and southeastern Europe


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