Meaning of Slav in English:


Pronunciation /slɑːv/

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

    ‘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.’
    • ‘Turks, Arabs, Greeks, Armenians, Slavs, and Jews were represented.’
    • ‘By the ninth century, Eastern Slavs began to settle in what are now the Ukraine, Belarus, and the Novgorod and Smolensk regions.’
    • ‘In fact, Cyril and Methodius were Greek Orthodox monks from Salonika who brought Orthodoxy to the eastern Slavs.’
    • ‘Rusyns are eastern Slavs who live in Slovakia, Ukraine, and Poland.’
    • ‘Culturally, what difference will 40 million Slavs make to Europe's view of the world?’
    • ‘His language was very similar to the language of Slavs living around the town.’
    • ‘By the late second century C.E., peoples such as the Slavs, Germans, Huns, and Bohemians began to raid Austria.’
    • ‘The Slavs called these Scandinavians ‘Rus’, which may be the origin of the name ‘Russia’.’
    • ‘The Serbs went south, and became known as the South Slavs, or Yugoslavs.’
    • ‘Croats also began to look to Serbs and other southern Slavs as people with whom they shared a linguistic and cultural affinity.’
    • ‘And thus Asparukh founded a state of Slavs and Bulgars, binding his tribe with the tribal alliance of the seven Slavic tribes and the Severians.’
    • ‘He continued to defend the right of Slavs to have liturgies in their own language and read the holy books in this language too.’
    • ‘In the mid-nineteenth century, Bosnians joined Slavs from Serbia and Croatia in an uprising against the Turks.’
    • ‘However, Tsar Nicholas II of Russia was also under pressure from Slav nationalists, who demanded that their fellow Slavs in Serbia be defended.’
    • ‘More and more Croats embraced the idea of unity with the South Slavs, or ‘Yugoslavism.’’


another term for Slavic
‘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.’
  • ‘Leaders of Macedonia's Slav majority, backed by Western governments, have ruled those options out.’
  • ‘However, a split between Slav politicians in the government is complicating issues.’


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