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nounPlural Slaveys, Plural slaveysBritish
A maidservant, especially a hard-worked one.‘you think it's safe to leave the household slaveys with our gear?’
drudge, servant, general factotum, maid of all work, man of all work, lackey, minion, galley slaveView synonyms
- ‘Anyhow… I have read about some slaveys that had very lavish opulent lifestyles because their owners were very caring.’
- ‘Finally it was necessary to turn to the servants, the kitchen help, the slaveys and the poultry keepers, with their red and dirty hands.’
- ‘I like being a countess, especially if it means slaveys to run my bath and fan me with peacock feathers!’
- ‘The trades have been full of stories about wholesale firings; panicky studios have cut salaries of office slaveys and minor employees.’
- ‘Why should they allow their slaveys to own and use land?’
nounPlural Slaveys, Plural slaveys
1A member of a Dene people of north-western Canada.
- ‘The North Slavey inhabited mountainous areas of the Northwest Territories and hunted mainly caribou and buffalo, using bow and arrows, spears, clubs, snares and twisted sinew.’
- ‘In Pre-European times the area was occupied by various Indian tribes of the Athapascan language group, including Slaveys and Mountain people in the vicinity of Bear River.’
- ‘Like the Beaver, the Slaveys had a tradition of prophets.’
- ‘Often ruthless and ferocious, Beaulieu was the bitter and brutal enemy of the Dogribs, Slaveys and Sekanis, and is said to have killed 12 people with his own hands.’
- ‘The South Slavey hunted caribou and moose in the forests and along riverbanks.’
2mass noun Either of the two languages (North and South Slavey) spoken by the Slavey.
- ‘Those older than young people still use South Slavey in smaller, isolated communities, but there is serious attrition among children and young people.’
- ‘The main languages used by the Natives of Fort Simpson are South Slavey and English.’
- ‘Languages spoken in the community are North Slavey and English.’
- ‘54% indicated that North Slavey was their most fluent language and 45% use it most frequently at home.’
- ‘In the seven western regions, North Slavey, Dogrib, English, and French are offered as languages of instruction.’
Relating to the Slavey or their languages.
- ‘Read a complete summary of the Mackenzie Gas Project in the North Slavey language.’
- ‘A Slavey Indian trapper, John Tetso lived and worked where the Liard River meets the Mackenzie in the Northwest Territories.’
- ‘Besides the accumulation of a variety of northern meals, the publication is also a project to preserve the South Slavey dialect.’
- ‘It was followed by Dene, Inuktitut, Slavey, Dogrib and Ojibway translations.’
- ‘The South Slavey language will disappear within 50 years if something isn't done to save it immediately.’
Translating Cree awahkān ‘captive, slave’.
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