Doesn't slave come from Slav, and servus just means servant?
'Servus' can mean both "servant" and "slave" in Latin (that combination is probably not accidental - most servants were slaves in Rome). But here's a bunch of etymologies for 'serf':
Google search's dictionary: "late 15th century (in the sense ‘slave’): from Old French, from Latin servus ‘slave’."
Mirriam Webster: "French, from Old French, from Latin servus slave."
Wikipedia/Wiktionary: "The word serf originated from the Middle French serf and was derived from the Latin servus ("slave")"
Dictionary.com: "1475–85; < Middle French < Latin servus slave"
Collins Dictionary: "from Old French, from Latin servus a slave; see serve"
And so on. Pretty much every etymology I can find for 'serf' explicitly derives it from from the "slave" meaning of 'servus'.
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