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.
The term Slav covers a welter of nationalities whose common ethnic heritage has long been concealed under religious, geographical, and political diversities and feuds.
I do not mean that the illiterate Slav is now the equal of the New Englander of pure descent.
All songs were suppressed which mentioned the word Slav -- 'The Slav
When it begins to narrate the history of Russia it speaks indeed of the Russians to whom it never applies the designation Slav, but it also often tells of the Slavs of Northern Russia, the Slavs of
There is much more reason in another objection that Slavonic philologists have made to the derivation of the word Slav from slovo (word).
From at least the sixth century the expression Slav was, therefore, the general designation of all Slavonic tribes.
The result is that the name Slav has given the word slave to the peoples of Western Europe.
Consequently, the opinion advocated by Miklosic, namely, that the name Slav was originally applied only to one Slavonic tribe, is unfounded, though it has been supported by other scholars like Krek, Potkanski, Czermak, and
"Vlahs are like us" said an Albanian to me once; "a man will marry his daughter to a Vlah; but a Slav is different – sour through and through."
Other elucidations of the name Slav, as clovek (man), skala (rock), selo (colony), slati (to send), solovej (nightingale), scarcely merit mention.