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The 6-foot-5, 200-pound Kovacevic used a combination of big serves and big forehands to win his first five singles matches at the Class AA state tournament and reach the final on Saturday at Hersey.
Peter the Great founded his imperial capital city through sheer force of will -- and the back-breaking work of thousands of serfs.
Among the cities the HRCC serves are University Heights, Shaker Heights and Cleveland Heights.
The word robot was first used in 1920 by Czech author Karel Capek, who derived it from robota, a Czech word meaning serf or slave.
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Origin and Etymology of serf
French, from Old French, from Latin servus slave
First Known Use: 1611See Words from the same year
SERF Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of serf for English Language Learners
: a person in the past who belonged to a low social class and who lived and worked on land owned by another person
SERF Defined for Kids
Definition of serf for Students
: a servant or laborer of olden times who was treated as part of the land worked on and went along with the land if it was sold
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