Definition of Serb in English:

Serb

noun

  • A native or inhabitant of Serbia, or a person of Serbian descent.

    • ‘Ethnically motivated violence has meant scores of Croatian Serbs seeking asylum elsewhere in Europe.’
    • ‘At the height of his power, Greeks, Bulgarians, Serbs and Albanians swore allegiance to him.’
    • ‘I am a Serb, but my nationality was never more important than my personality.’
    • ‘The first Slavic ethnic society in the South was established in 1874 by a group of Croatians and Serbs.’
    • ‘There are rivalries and hatreds that go back at least to the defeat of the Serbs by the Ottoman Turks in 1329.’
    • ‘During World War II, after the collapse of the French, the Serbs fought valiantly against their Nazi occupiers.’
    • ‘The triumphant Albanian nationalists proceed to drive out as many Serbs as they could.’
    • ‘The ambivalence of ordinary Serbs toward the war and the Greater Serbia project is striking.’
    • ‘Italian ambitions in the Balkans angered the Serbs and the Allies and rendered a common front in the Balkans all but impossible.’
    • ‘Russia, which had been unable to aid the Serbs in 1908, now backed them.’
    • ‘Of course the Soviet tanks that the Iraqis and Serbs had didn't have this capability.’
    • ‘There is no need to talk to understand the longing Serbs feel for a new role in the European family of nations.’
    • ‘The Serbs will always like the Russians, for reasons rooted in history and religion.’
    • ‘Hundreds of Bosnian families, both Muslim and Serb, have been helped to rebuild their homes.’
    • ‘The country is divided between three communities, the Albanians, the Serbs, and the Roma.’
    • ‘Their descendants account for about a third of the present population, the remainder being mainly Serbs and Croats.’
    • ‘This was stopped by another Collision and the Serbs now live only in Serbia.’
    • ‘The Presidency has three members elected for four-year terms: a Muslim, a Croat, and a Serb.’
    • ‘Bosnian Serbs have again voted for nationalist parties who want, ultimately, to separate.’

adjective

  • Relating to Serbia, the Serbs, or their language.

    • ‘In 1992, as the former Yugoslavia sank into civil war, the city of Sarajevo, Bosnia, was surrounded by Bosnian Serb fighters, supported by Serbia.’
    • ‘But this would be met with demands for Kosovo's Serb minority population to be included in a redefined Serbia.’
    • ‘In 1989, on the 500th anniversary of that great Serb battle, and with a great sense of showmanship, Milosevic, who had grabbed power in Serbia two years earlier, descended as if from the heavens in a black helicopter.’
    • ‘This was too little for the Kosovars, who wanted guarantees for full independence, and too much for Milosevic, who wanted to maintain complete control of the province and would not consider an outside military force on Serb soil.’
    • ‘In his case, there is a restriction on mixing with anybody of Serb origin.’
    • ‘Let me show you something that hangs in the house of every good Serb family, and you will understand why nobody is a traitor.’
    • ‘This led to a Serb uprising that resulted in Serbia gaining control of Kosovo and other lands, Albania becoming independent and Macedonia being divided between Serbia and Greece.’
    • ‘He carefully rationed his appearances in the parliament chamber - not for him the rhetorical condemnations of Serb aggression or knee-jerk diatribes in favour of saving the rain forest.’
    • ‘Against this glorious setting, the film follows the plight of one Serb soldier and two Bosnian fighters (Ciki and Cera) trapped between the lines.’
    • ‘Some people believe that they have suffered enough humiliation and that the ‘trade’ of former Serb leaders for a handful of dollars has so far brought more shame than benefits to the nation.’
    • ‘In his cross-examinations, he has hammered the witnesses with questions about rebel activity in their villages, implying that it precipitated Serb actions.’
    • ‘One Serb man we met was given a wheelchair in very good condition.’
    • ‘The air force thought they were destroying hundreds of Serb armored vehicles.’
    • ‘The attacks expanded the refugee dilemma and failed to effectively crush Serb military power.’

Origin

Serbian Srb.

Pronunciation

Serb

/səːb/