Slav

noun

ˈsläv How to pronounce Slav (audio)
ˈslav
: a person whose native tongue is a Slavic language
Slav adjective

Word History

Etymology

Middle English Sclav, from Medieval Latin Sclavus, from Late Greek Sklabos, from Sklabēnoi Slavs, of Slav origin; akin to Old Russian Slověne, an East Slavic tribe

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Slav was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Slav.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Slav. Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

Slav

noun
ˈsläv How to pronounce Slav (audio)
ˈslav
: a native speaker of a Slavic language

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