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Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1813, but in reference to the Wends; 1861 as "native of Serbia," from Serbian Srb, perhaps from a root meaning "man." Serbian is attested from 1848 as a noun, 1876 as an adjective. More common in 19c. was Servian.

Usage examples of "serb".

Waiting only for some turn of events that would break the grip of the ramshackle systems that suppressed them, Balts, Poles, Czechs, Serbs, Greeks, Albanians, Bulgars, Romanians, Kurds, Arabs, Armenians, and a host of other nationalities looked forward eagerly to their day of liberation.

Norwegians, Spanish Falangists, Finns, Ukrainian nationalists, Serbs, Croatians, Dalmatians, Montenegrans, Latvians, Esthonians, Lithuanians, Dutch, Flemings, Walloons, a few Swiss nationals, Bessarabians, Turks, even one or two Syrians have turned up.

There were great differences in conception, first of all between the Bosniaks, who supported an integral BosniaHercegovina, and the Serbs, who openly wanted to divide it and annex their part to Serbia.

After all the Srpska Dobrovoljacki Straza--the Serb Volunteer Guard--while made up of fellow Serbs, was nonetheless a militia, good for hunting down Bosniaks but not all that good in a stand-up fight.

The Ustashas had most of their sympathisers among the less educated classes, and in some poor regions of the Dinaric mountains where Serbs and Croats lived mixed.

Croatian side the first group killing was committed on 13 September 1991 on the bridge across the Korana in Karlovac, where thirteen Serb prisoners were killed.

After the war a proportionately greater number of Serbs and Montenegrins remained in active service.

I had heard of Muslim fanatics, Mujahedin from the Middle East, Iran and Saudi Arabia, who also marauded through Bosnia and would kill any Serb on sight.

The parties met at Rambouillet, France, on February 6, to work out the details of an agreement that would restore autonomy, protect the Kosovars from oppression with a NATO-led operation, disarm the KLA, and allow the Serb army to continue to patrol the border.

Like the Northern Alliance and the Iraqi opposition groups, the KLA was much smaller than the Serbian army, was lightly armed, and largely relied on the NATO air forces to do most of the work in terms of breaking Serb formations.

But I must tell you that it was not Valve, my birthplace, which inspired me to be a Serb in soul, but rather Prilep, Skoplje and Ochrida, the places where our spirit and our virtues of old flourished, together with Kossovo, where our national body was destroyed.

I hoped that the air strikes, along with our success in relieving the siege of Sarajevo, would convince the allies to take a stronger posture toward Serb aggression in and around the embattled towns of Tuzla and Srebrenica as well.

In 1994, former president Jimmy Carter was invited to travel to Bosnia and Herzegovina by Bosnian Serb president Radovan Karadzic to participate in efforts to help end the war that had been raging there.

Serb, no doubt promised passports for his entire family if he spied for us during the Bosnian war.

Incidents of clashes between Serbs and other ethnic groups in the Balkans, and between the various religious factions, had all but ceased as well.