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Slav

[ slahv, slav ]
/ slɑv, slæv /
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noun

one of a group of peoples in eastern, southeastern, and central Europe, including the Russians and Ruthenians (Eastern Slavs ), the Bulgars, Serbs, Croats, Slavonians, Slovenians, etc. (Southern Slavs ), and the Poles, Czechs, Moravians, Slovaks, etc. (Western Slavs ).

adjective

of, relating to, or characteristic of the Slavs; Slavic.

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Origin of Slav

First recorded in 1350–1400; from Medieval Latin Slāvus, variant of Sclāvus, akin to Late Greek Sklábos, from a Slavic ethnonym, perhaps originally a name for all Slavic tribes (compare Old Russian Slověně, an East Slavic tribe); replacing Middle English Sclave, from Medieval Latin Sclāvus; cf. Slovak, Slovenian, slave

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Slav

or Slav.


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British Dictionary definitions for Slav

Slav
/ (slɑːv) /

noun

a member of any of the peoples of E Europe or NW Asia who speak a Slavonic language

Word Origin for Slav

C14: from Medieval Latin Sclāvus a captive Slav; see slave
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