Altaic: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (al-tā'ik), [key]
— n.
  1. the Turkic, Mongolian, and Tungusic language families collectively, spoken over a broad expanse of Eurasia, from southeastern Europe to the Pacific: variously considered to be a single, genetically related family, with Japanese and Korean sometimes also included, or a group of languages with shared typologies and histories, but not genetically akin.
  1. of or belonging to Altaic.
  2. of or pertaining to the Altai Mountains.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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