which meant both "race" and "language"). Identical with the -slav in personal names (e.g. Rus. Miroslav, lit. "peaceful fame;" Mstislav
, lit. "vengeful fame;" Jaroslav, lit. "famed for fury;" Czech Bohuslav, lit. "God's glory;" and cf. Wenceslas
). Spelled Slave c.1788-1866, influenced by Fr. and Ger. Slave. Adj. Slavic is attested from 1813; earlier Slavonic (1640s), from Slavonia, a region of Croatia.