Origin of Slav
Examples from the Web for slav
In common with the Slav languages it has a sixth vowel, viz.The Land of the Black Mountain|Reginald Wyon
I suppose there's enough of the Slav in me, from my mother, to make me feel like that, too.The Boy Scouts In Russia|John Blaine
The fight had been sharp and fierce; already he was beginning to rejoice that the Puritan had conquered the Slav.The Dominant Strain|Anna Chapin Ray
The Slav wife in this country bears from two to two and a half times as fast as the wife of American parentage.
This is why, when a labor force has come to be mostly Slav, it will soon be all Slav.
Word Origin for Slav
late 14c., Sclave, from Medieval Latin Sclavus (c.800), from Byzantine Greek Sklabos (c.580), from Old Church Slavonic Sloveninu "a Slav," probably related to slovo "word, speech," which suggests the name originally identified a member of a speech community (cf. Old Church Slavonic Nemici "Germans," related to nemu "dumb;" and cf. Old English þeode, which meant both "race" and "language").
Identical with the -slav in personal names (e.g. Russian Miroslav, literally "peaceful fame;" Mstislav "vengeful fame;" Jaroslav "famed for fury;" Czech Bohuslav "God's glory;" and cf. Wenceslas). Spelled Slave c.1788-1866, influenced by French and German Slave. As an adjective from 1876.