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Yugoslav

or Ju·go·slav

[yoo-goh-slahv, -slav]
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noun
  1. a native or inhabitant of the former country of Yugoslavia.
  2. a southern Slav; a member of the southern group of Slavic peoples.Compare Slav.
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adjective
  1. of or relating to the Yugoslavs.
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Origin of Yugoslav

1850–55; earlier Jugo-Slav < German Jugoslawe < Serbo-Croatian Jugoslòvēn, Jugoslàvēn, equivalent to jȕg south + -o- -o- + Slovēn, Slavēn Slav
Related formspro-Yu·go·slav, noun, adjective
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Yugoslav

Jugoslav

noun
  1. (formerly) a native, inhabitant, or citizen of Yugoslavia (sense 1 or 2)
  2. (not in technical use) another name for Serbo-Croat (def. 1)
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adjective
  1. (formerly) of, relating to, or characteristic of Yugoslavia (sense 1 or 2) or its people
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Word Origin and History for yugoslav

Yugoslav

1853, from Slav + Serbo-Croatian jugo- "south," comb. form of jug "south, south wind, noon," from Old Church Slavonic jugu.

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