Definition of Slav in English:


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Pronunciation: /slɑːv


  • 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.
    • The Russians are primarily eastern Slavs, but many also have a Finnish, Siberian, Turkish, or Baltic heritage.
    • Able-bodied Jews, Russians, Slavs and others to whom the Germans believed themselves to be superior were forced to work as slaves.


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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.



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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.


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

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