AskDefine | Define slavey

Dictionary Definition

slavey n : a female domestic servant who does all kinds of menial work [syn: skivvy]

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  1. a maid, maidservant

Extensive Definition

The Slavey (also Slave) are a First Nations aboriginal people of the Dene group, indigenous to the Great Slave Lake region, in Canada's Northwest Territories, and extending into northeastern British Columbia and northwestern Alberta.
This name was previously spelled in English as "Slave" but was changed to avoid confusion with the common noun referring to slavery. Likewise, in French the former name was Esclaves, literally meaning persons in servitude.

Further reading

  • Asch, Michael. Slavey Indians. [S.l: s.n, 1978.
slavey in German: Slavey
slavey in French: Slavey
slavey in Croatian: Slavey
slavey in Finnish: Orjaintiaanit
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