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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A member of one of the Slavic-speaking peoples of eastern Europe.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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.

Etymologies

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)

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