Meaning of Ukrainian in English:


Pronunciation /juːˈkreɪnɪən/

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  • 1A native or inhabitant of Ukraine, or a person of Ukrainian descent.

    ‘Jews, Ukrainians, and Russians were the most likely to leave.’
    • ‘The current population is primarily Belarusian but also includes Russians, Poles, Ukrainians, and Jews.’
    • ‘Their General Denikin made a point of referring to Ukrainians as ‘Little Russians’.’
    • ‘They are followed by other Europeans such as Russians, Ukrainians, Romanians and experts from the Baltic republics.’
    • ‘There are also smaller groups of Ukrainians, Turks, Persians, and Jews.’
    • ‘After Russians and Ukrainians, the Tatars are the most populous ethnic group in the Russian Federation.’
    • ‘Such persons include ethnic Albanians, Kurds from Turkey, Moldovans, Ukrainians and Russians.’
    • ‘They were replaced predominantly by Russians, followed by Ukrainians and Belorussians.’
    • ‘Mennonites, Ukrainians, Polish people and western Europeans came to take up land and build homes and communities.’
    • ‘I think Ukrainians and Russians in general are very big on ‘fitments’.’
    • ‘Ethnic Russians and Ukrainians tend to be Orthodox Christians.’
    • ‘Western Ukrainians are intensely nationalistic and distrustful of Russia.’
    • ‘There is a large community of Russians and smaller communities of Ukrainians, Belarusans, and Finns.’
    • ‘I suppose Ukrainians, Czechs and Hungarians will be for Slovakia.’
    • ‘This province already had a motley mixture of population, including Turks, Tatars, and Ukrainians.’
    • ‘This led some Ukrainians to switch to the Russian Orthodox faith.’
    • ‘Yes, it's 21 nations in the force, the main force being the Spanish, the Ukrainians and the Poles.’
    • ‘The country does have minority groups, including Ukrainians, Germans, and Belorussians.’
    • ‘We encouraged the Ukrainians to seek freedom and to finally end Russian interference in Ukrainian politics.’
  • 2mass noun The Eastern Slavic language of Ukraine, which has about 60 million speakers worldwide.

    ‘They were a few people who could speak Russian and Polish, but no one who knew some of the more obscure Slavic languages like Ukrainian or Bulgarian.’
    • ‘That makes a big difference from eastern regions, where most city dwellers have only studied Ukrainian as a foreign language in school.’
    • ‘In 1980 less than 17 percent listed their primary language as Ukrainian.’
    • ‘He edited Agapit, a journal of medical history, which is published in three languages (Russian, Ukrainian, and English).’
    • ‘Out of it emerged the Russian, Ukrainian, and Byelorussian languages.’
    • ‘Students undergo advanced training in Russian and Ukrainian, among other languages, Tone said.’
    • ‘The Belarusan language is a part of the East Slavic group of languages which includes Ukrainian and Russian.’
    • ‘Does anyone know, or suspect based on substantial evidence (rather than just sheer guesswork), why Ukrainian was the language chosen to be included?’
    • ‘Formerly repressed, Ukrainian and other ethnic languages in Ukraine flourished at the end of the twentieth century.’
    • ‘My first language was Ukrainian and so I got a chance to kind of dig into my roots and put on the accent and wear the nice clothes.’
    • ‘It is said to allow speakers of English, Arabic, Polish, Ukrainian, and Spanish to communicate with each other.’
    • ‘Remarkably he could speak five languages by this time, Polish, Ukrainian, Russian, French and German.’
    • ‘In addition to the aforementioned languages, you'll hear German, Polish, Ukrainian, and a host of other languages spoken in other locker rooms around the league.’
    • ‘One concern was that I would be working at camps in Western Ukraine, where - surprise - Ukrainian is primarily spoken.’
    • ‘To many who do not speak Ukrainian, this is a clear example of discrimination.’
    • ‘I went to American schools and had American friends but at home we spoke Ukrainian.’
    • ‘Pupils at Nottingham's Trinity school can speak a wide variety of languages including Polish, Hungarian and Ukrainian.’
    • ‘The Ukrainian dialect was greatly strengthened during, and after, the 18th century when Ukrainian began to overcome Russian as the language of literary choice.’
    • ‘One is that the winners opt to thank their agents and personal trainers in Ukrainian, Cantonese or hesitant Franglais.’
    • ‘They speak a series of dialects that are classified as East Slavic and that are most closely related to Ukrainian.’


  • Relating to Ukraine, its people, or their language.

    ‘Edmonton and Calgary have become the capitals of Ukrainian dance in North America, thanks to dedicated pioneers, teachers and dancers, 99 per cent of whom are volunteers.’
    • ‘Others were more unusual, like an embroidery class in a Molochansk school where children learned the historical significance of traditional Ukrainian embroidery and how this art form is relevant today.’
    • ‘The loss of Rotan, a huge talent, was deeply felt; but it was the departure of a third player, Oleg Venglinsky - Ukrainian player of the year in 2003-that dominated many of the headlines.’
    • ‘My family's legacy as the most important patrons of Ukrainian culture must be preserved for the people.’
    • ‘There is little doubt that, as Ukrainian political observer Roman Kabchiy phrases it, there is ‘revolutionary enthusiasm’ on the streets today.’
    • ‘Six thousand times higher than normal: that's what experts are saying about the level of dioxin in blood samples from Ukrainian opposition candidate Viktor Yushchenko.’
    • ‘Timoshenko, 44, was cheered by peasant women with gold teeth and wearing headscarves as she took to the stage in a black designer coat and pearl earrings and passionately denounced the price of salo, Ukrainian pork fat.’
    • ‘In May, Ukraine's fiery prime minister, Yulia Tymoshenko, accused Russian oil companies of colluding to raise prices at Ukrainian gasoline pumps and pushed to introduce price caps.’
    • ‘On some issues Yushchenko may be a better potential president than Yanukovich, but to suggest that he would provide a sea change in Ukrainian politics and economic management is naïve.’
    • ‘Comeback kid Michael Bridges put a near two-year nightmare behind him to set up Leeds United's slender 1-0 victory over Ukrainian minnows Metalurg Zaporizhia.’
    • ‘Kenny is likely to stick with international striker Glen Crowe in attack alongside promising Ukrainian teenager Andrei Pereplyotkin with Paul Keegan and Robbie Doyle again on the bench.’
    • ‘Yushchenko and Tymoshenko quickly gained popularity as a breath of fresh air in Ukrainian politics, but they angered Kuchma because they began to obstruct the murky business dealings of some of his most powerful allies.’
    • ‘And at the same time, it's essential, because of what is now happening in Ukraine, that we indicate a willingness to be responsive to Ukrainian aspirations.’
    • ‘Timoshenko, seen as one of the best media performers in Ukrainian politics, was thrown into the lions' den of a live TV discussion programme on Ukraine's main Russian-language channel.’
    • ‘Then, it was a stationary tourist attraction designed to venerate the success of his grandparents, two lovestruck Ukrainian immigrants who built one of Canada's first sideshows.’
    • ‘Popular equestrian attractions include the heart stopping Ukrainian Cossacks and hunt chase teams, the fast and exciting Pony Club games and elegant dressage demonstrations.’
    • ‘Levens Choir are holding an Autumn Concert in aid of Ukrainian street children at St Thomas's Church, Kendal, on Tuesday.’
    • ‘When Ruslana, the most famous Ukrainian singer, and heavyweight champion Vladimir Klitchko joined Victor Yushchenko on the podium, the crowd went wild.’
    • ‘That proposal met strong resistance from some Ukrainian officials keen instead to ship Caspian crude oil from the Black Sea to Europe, but TNK-BP lobbied hard and is now a major shipper on that route.’
    • ‘This is a great victory of all people who have been standing at the square, a great victory for Ukrainian democracy.’