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
- 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.
- adj. of or pertaining to the Altaic languages.
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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What business has one to class the Chinese and Japanese together, and to speak of them (as I shall) as 'Altaic' -- the _Altaic Race?
Mongolian, the Turkish and the Finnish – Ugrian races, to belong to the so-called Altaic or Ural – Altaic stem.
Confucianism, and Shinto are the three great native creations, in religion, of what I shall call the Altaic mind.
Mongolian, the Turkish and the Finnish-Ugrian races, to belong to the so-called Altaic or Ural-Altaic stem.
Turkish and the Finnish-Ugrian races, to belong to the so-called Altaic or
I do think the languages are related, but not in an exclusive "Altaic" grouping without Uralic, Indo-European, and your Aegean family.
I would not be surprised if many shared features of "Altaic" languages are of this "archaic" nature.
-- So there you have the 'Altaic' Race; Altaic, as Mr. Dooley is
They are marked by candor, fairness, insight, and a mastery of difficult themes that makes his readers his constant debtors.] [Footnote 4: "If the term 'Altaic' be held to include Korean and
I had thought Korean was related to Chinese, but it is actually in the Altaic language family, which connects Japanese and Korean with the languages of the Asian steppes and Turkish.