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Topic: SOCIOLOGY

Date: 1200-1300
Language: Old French
Origin: esclave, from Medieval Latin sclavus, from Sclavus ( SLAVIC); because in the early Middle Ages many Slavic people in central Europe were slaves

slave

1 noun
     
slave1 [countable]
1SS someone who is owned by another person and works for them for no money
the slave trade (=the buying and selling of slaves, especially Africans who were taken to America)
2

be a slave to/of something

to be so strongly influenced by something that you cannot make your own decisions - used to show disapproval:
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