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

  • adj. Of or relating to the Baltic Sea, the Baltic States, or a Baltic-speaking people.
  • adj. Of or relating to the branch of the Indo-European language family that contains Latvian, Lithuanian, and Old Prussian.
  • n. The Baltic language branch.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of or pertaining to the Baltic region or the Baltic Sea.
  • adj. Of or pertaining to any of the Baltic languages.
  • adj. Of or pertaining to the Balts (the Baltic peoples).
  • proper n. the Baltic language family
  • proper n. the Baltic languages
  • proper n. the Baltic states
  • proper n. the areas on the southeastern coast of the Baltic Sea
  • proper n. the Baltic Sea.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to the sea which separates Norway and Sweden from Jutland, Denmark, and Germany; situated on the Baltic Sea.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Appellative of or pertaining to the sea which separates Sweden from Denmark, Germany, and Russia; situated on or bordering the Baltic sea: as, the Baltic islands; the Baltic coasts.

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

  • adj. of or near or on the Baltic Sea
  • n. a sea in northern Europe; stronghold of the Russian navy
  • adj. of or pertaining to or characteristic of the Baltic States or their peoples or languages
  • n. a branch of the Indo-European family of languages related to the Slavonic languages; Baltic languages have preserved many archaic features that are believed to have existed in Proto-Indo European


The name has been connected to Latin balteus ("belt"), referring to the Danish straits, "the Belts". This is suggested by Adam of Bremen, who in the 11th century first recorded the name (Balticus, eo quod in modum baltei longo tractu per Scithicas regiones tendatur usque in Greciam). (Wiktionary)



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