1. noting or written in an alphabet, probably invented by St. Cyril in about a.d. 865, formerly used in writing Old Church Slavonic and other Slavic languages: almost completely replaced by Cyrillic starting about the 10th century.


  1. the Glagolitic alphabet.


  1. of, relating to, or denoting a Slavic alphabet whose invention is attributed to Saint Cyril, preserved only in certain Roman Catholic liturgical books found in Dalmatia

1861, from Serbo-Cr. glagolica “Glagolitic alphabet,” from Old Church Slavonic glagolu “word” (see call) + Greek suffix -itic. The older of the two Slavic writing systems (Cyrillic is the other), it was designed by Cyrillus c.863 C.E.

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