Definition of Slav in English:

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Pronunciation: /släv/


A member of a group of peoples in central and eastern Europe speaking Slavic languages.
Example sentences
  • 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.


another term for Slavic.
Example sentences
  • 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.



Pronunciation: /ˈslävəst/
Example sentences
  • 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.

Words that rhyme with Slav

Algarve, calve, carve, grave, Graves, halve, starve, suave, Zouave

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Syllabification: Slav

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