slave etymology

English word slave comes from comes from Old French sclave (Slave), which comes from from Medieval Latin sclavus (slave), which in turn comes from Byzantine Greek Σκλᾰ́βος (Sklábos, meaning Slav - allegedly because Slavs were often forced into slavery) and ultimately from Proto-Slavic *slověninъ (Slav)

Detailed word origin of slave

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
σκλάβος Byzantine Greek (gkm)
Slavs English (eng)
Sclāvus Late Latin (LL)
sclāvus Medieval Latin (la-med)
sclave Old French (842-ca. 1400) (fro)
slave English (eng) (engineering) A device that is controlled by another device.. A drudge; one who labours like a slave.. A person who is forced against his/her will to perform, for another person or other persons, sexual acts or other personal services on a regular or continuing basis.. A person who is legally obliged by prior contract (oral or written) to work for another, with contractually limited rights [...]

Words with the same origin as slave

Descendants of σκλάβος