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slavey

[ sley-vee ]
/ ˈsleɪ vi /
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noun, plural slav·eys.British Informal: Older Use.
a female servant, especially a maid of all work in a boardinghouse.
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Origin of slavey

First recorded in 1800–10; slave + -y2

Other definitions for slavey (2 of 2)

Slavey
[ sley-vee ]
/ ˈsleɪ vi /

noun, plural Slav·eys, (especially collectively) Slav·ey.
a member of a group of Athabascan-speaking First Nations living in the upper Mackenzie River valley region of the Northwest Territories and in parts of British Columbia, Alberta, and the Yukon Territory.
Also called Slave [sleyv] /sleɪv/ .

Origin of Slavey

First recorded in 1785–80; from French esclave, literally, “slave,” a loan translation of Cree awahkān “captive, slave” (the Cree would make raids on and enslave this Athabascan people); the two-syllable pronunciation is a local variant derived from a spelling with the French suffix -ais
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British Dictionary definitions for slavey (1 of 2)

slavey
/ (ˈsleɪvɪ) /

noun
British informal a female general servant

Word Origin for slavey

C19: from slave + -y ²

British Dictionary definitions for slavey (2 of 2)

Slavey
/ (ˈsleɪvɪ) /

noun
a member of a Dene Native Canadian people of northern Canada

Word Origin for Slavey

from Athapascan
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