from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A member of one of the Slavic-speaking peoples of eastern Europe.
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- n. A member of a group of peoples in Eastern Europe speaking a Slavic language.
- n. The Slavonian grebe.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One of a race of people occupying a large part of Eastern and Northern Europe, including the Russians, Bulgarians, Roumanians, Servo-Croats, Slovenes, Poles, Czechs, Wends or Sorbs, Slovaks, etc.
Middle English Sclave, from Medieval Latin Sclāvus, from Late Greek Sklabos, alteration of Old Slavic Slověninŭ.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English sclave, from Medieval Latin sclavus or Sclavus, from Byzantine Greek Σκλάβος (Sklábos), from earlier Σκλαβῆνος (Slabēnos), plural Σκλαβῆνοι (Slabēnoi), from Proto-Slavic *slověnji, *slověne (“those who speak meaningfully”), singular *slověninъ. Compare Old Church Slavonic словѣни (slověni), словѣнє (slověne, "Thessalonian Slavs"), Old East Slavic словѣне (slověne, "Slavs near Novgorod"). (Wiktionary)