Definition of Slav in English:

Slav

Syllabification: Slav
Pronunciation: /släv
 
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noun

A member of a group of peoples in central and eastern Europe speaking Slavic languages.
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  • Greeks, Italians, Slavs, Turks and Russians all composed their own versions; they cannot possibly be reconciled.
  • More headway was made among the Slavs of central Europe, aided by the relative ease of access and the penumbra of Carolingian power.
  • The Russians are primarily eastern Slavs, but many also have a Finnish, Siberian, Turkish, or Baltic heritage.

adjective

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another term for Slavic.
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  • The last three weeks have seen its fragile ethnic balance shaken, highlighting differences between the country's three-quarter Slav majority and its substantial Albanian minority.
  • Albanian guerrillas with backing from Kosovo began operating in Macedonia earlier this year, bringing the majority Orthodox Slav country to the brink of civil war.
  • They were forced to adopt Slav names and their religious and cultural rights were changed and this process became known as the Revival Process.

Derivatives

Slavist

noun
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  • Professor Donskov is a leading Canadian Slavist in Russian literature and a world-renowned Tolstoy expert.
  • She falls in love with him, moves in, and abandons him for a more serious scholar, a Swedish Slavist.

Origin

from medieval Latin Sclavus, late Greek Sklabos, later also from medieval Latin Slavus.

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