slave

[sleyv]

noun

verb (used without object), slaved, slav·ing.

to work like a slave; drudge.
to engage in the slave trade; procure, transport, or sell slaves.

verb (used with object), slaved, slav·ing.

to connect (a machine) to a master as its slave.
Archaic. to enslave.

Nearby words

  1. slaughterman,
  2. slaughterous,
  3. slaughterously,
  4. slav,
  5. slav.,
  6. slave ant,
  7. slave bracelet,
  8. slave coast,
  9. slave cylinder,
  10. slave driver

Origin of slave

1250–1300; Middle English sclave < Medieval Latin sclāvus (masculine), sclāva (feminine) slave, special use of Sclāvus Slavic, so called because Slavs were commonly enslaved in the early Middle Ages; see Slav

Related formsslave·less, adjectiveslave·like, adjectivepro·slave, adjectivesem·i·slave, noun

Slave

[sleyv]

noun, plural Slaves, (especially collectively) Slave.

a member of a group of Athabaskan-speaking North American Indians living in the upper Mackenzie River valley region of the Northwest Territories and in parts of British Columbia, Alberta, and the Yukon Territory.
Also Slavey.

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British Dictionary definitions for slave

slave

noun

a person legally owned by another and having no freedom of action or right to property
a person who is forced to work for another against his will
a person under the domination of another person or some habit or influencea slave to television
a person who works in harsh conditions for low pay
  1. a device that is controlled by or that duplicates the action of another similar device (the master device)
  2. (as modifier)slave cylinder

verb

(intr often foll by away) to work like a slave
(tr) an archaic word for enslave

Word Origin for slave

C13: via Old French from Medieval Latin Sclāvus a Slav, one held in bondage (from the fact that the Slavonic races were frequently conquered in the Middle Ages), from Late Greek Sklabos a Slav

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Word Origin and History for slave
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