slave trade


slave trade
noun
traffic in slaves; especially in Black Africans transported to America in the 16th to 19th centuries (Freq. 1)
Syn: ↑slave traffic
Hypernyms: ↑traffic

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noun
: traffic in slaves; especially : the buying and selling of Negroes for profit prior to the American Civil War

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the business or process of procuring, transporting, and selling slaves, esp. black Africans to the New World prior to the mid-19th century.
[1725-35]

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slave trade or slave traffic noun
The buying and selling of slaves
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Main Entry:slave

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slave trade UK US noun [uncountable]
the business of buying and selling people as slaves , especially the trade in people from Africa who in the past were taken to North and South America to be sold
Thesaurus: slaves and slaverysynonym

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slave trade,
the business of procuring, transporting, and selling slaves, especially Negro slaves: »

For 250 years, Bristol and Liverpool merchants grew fat on the profits of the Nigerian slave trade, shipping tens of thousands of blacks yearly to the U.S. (Newsweek).

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n. chiefly historical the procuring, transporting, and selling of human beings as slaves, in particular the former trade in African blacks as slaves by European countries and North America
Derivatives:
slave trader n.

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noun [noncount]
: the activity or business of buying and selling slaves — used especially to refer to the business of buying and selling people as slaves before the American Civil War

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ˈslave trade [slave trade] noun singular
the buying and selling of people as ↑slaves, especially in the 17th–19th centuries

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • Slave trade — Slave Slave (sl[=a]v), n. [Cf. F. esclave, D. slaaf, Dan. slave, sclave, Sw. slaf, all fr. G. sklave, MHG. also slave, from the national name of the Slavonians, or Sclavonians (in LL. Slavi or Sclavi), who were frequently made slaves by the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • slave trade — slave ,trade noun uncount the business of buying and selling people as SLAVES, especially the trade in people from Africa who in the past were brought to North and South America to be sold …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • slave trade — slave′ trade n. amh. the business of procuring, transporting, and selling slaves, esp. the bringing of black Africans to America • Etymology: 1725–35 …   From formal English to slang

  • slave trade — ► NOUN historical ▪ the procuring, transporting, and selling of human beings, especially African blacks, as slaves …   English terms dictionary

  • slave trade — n. traffic in slaves; specif., the former transportation of black people from Africa to America for sale as slaves …   English World dictionary

  • SLAVE TRADE — Jews engaged in the slave trade – although they never played a prominent role in it – from the early Middle Ages to the early modern period. While it was not proscribed to pagans, none of the three monotheistic religions either prohibited slavery …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • Slave Trade —    For most of the nineteenth century a commerce in human misery was in steady decline among the imperial powers. The Atlantic slave trade during the sixteenth century was initially established by Spain and Portugal for the transport of enslaved… …   Encyclopedia of the Age of Imperialism, 1800–1914

  • slave trade — N SING: the N The slave trade is the buying and selling of slaves, especially Black Africans, from the 16th to the 19th centuries. More than a century and a half since the transatlantic slave trade was abolished, slavery is far from dead …   English dictionary

  • slave trade — the business or process of procuring, transporting, and selling slaves, esp. black Africans to the New World prior to the mid 19th century. [1725 35] * * * Capturing, selling, and buying of slaves. Slavery has existed throughout the world from… …   Universalium

  • slave trade — /ˈsleɪv treɪd/ (say slayv trayd) noun 1. (also upper case) (from the 16th to 19th century) the transport of people from Africa to America to be sold as slaves. 2. any commercial trading in slaves. Also, slave traffic. –slave trader, noun –slave… …   Australian English dictionary


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