Definition of Russian in English:

Russian

adjective

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

    • ‘A Russian language children's club has been running in the area for two years and is now expanding into a proper nursery school, open to children aged between 2 ½ and five.’
    • ‘Back then, I actually feared a second year of Russian language.’
    • ‘Pupils have already completed work that will be sent to Russian counterparts and he has enrolled on an on-line Russian language course.’
    • ‘My sources tell me that this story is nowhere to be found on IRNA's Russian language wire, just the English.’
    • ‘At a time when that unease was in danger of becoming a potential confrontation the language being used by Russian diplomats last week was almost friendly.’
    • ‘A major Russian television network decided it would show only Russian language music videos.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, my turn was also my first chance to experience the Russian language.’
    • ‘An authority on Russian language, Igor has dedicated his life to its promotion.’
    • ‘I haven't bothered with the Russian language versions on their album but the English ones are very catchy.’
    • ‘By the time of my third visit I had given up smoking, rendering half of my Russian language skills obsolete.’
    • ‘I've never watched a Russian language film that I can recall, so it should be interesting.’
    • ‘Customers can also rent video tapes of films and concerts in the Russian language.’
    • ‘I was interested in Russian literature, so I applied for the Russian language course at Kim Il-sung University in Pyongyang.’
    • ‘The US government-funded station Radio Liberty beams programmes in the Chechen and Russian languages into the republic.’
    • ‘How can one butcher the Russian language in such a way?’
    • ‘A Russian language edition was published in Russia in 1998.’
    • ‘Furthermore, it's vaguely distressing the way the Russian language exaggerates and caresses dreary realities.’
    • ‘The state-of-the-art enclosure at the zoo was the first outdoor experience for the female gorilla, who was also used to the Russian language.’
    • ‘With the recent cooperative effort to build the ISS, Russian language training has become a must.’

noun

  • 1A native or inhabitant of Russia, or a person of Russian descent.

    • ‘Though not a native Russian, he was on the staff of the Imperial Theatres in St Petersburg and played in a court chamber ensemble.’
    • ‘With a Finn, a Russian, two Canadians, and an American, this year's Hall, of Fame class exemplifies the game's global reach.’
    • ‘They told us that the Russians would never accept National Missile Defense.’
    • ‘The film looks at the pain of Easter Europe in the new millennium with humor and humanity, bringing a Lapp woman, a Russian and a Finn together to try to make sense of it all.’
    • ‘However, Napoleon's invasion led the Russians to make peace with the Turks.’
    • ‘The Finns had been told the precise terms the Russians wanted on February 23rd.’
    • ‘It relied on what the French or Russians did and the actions of one would provoke a German response and not the other way round.’
    • ‘He married a French citizen, who was a Russian by descent, and was given permission to go off and live in Paris, which he did while still representing the Soviet Union at chess.’
    • ‘This year's team features a Swede, a German, a Russian, a Czech, and two Canadians.’
    • ‘We cannot, however, expect that there will be any yield given to the French, Germans and Russians.’
    • ‘Mustard gas was first used by the Germans against the Russians at Riga in September 1917.’
    • ‘It was not so easy for the Russians in Chechnya after the invasion of the Russian army.’
    • ‘For most Russians the nation's favourite holiday outshadowed political concerns.’
    • ‘Moscow asked for international help and the British crew rescued the Russians on August 7.’
    • ‘All Europeans, including Russians, enjoy the same values and the conflict has ceased to exist.’
    • ‘Scots and Russians are very similar in terms of how open and friendly they are.’
    • ‘It was Russians who first built up a caviar industry on Iranian shores.’
    • ‘He is not partisan and dealt equally with the callousness of the Chechen fighters and that of the Russians.’
    • ‘Areas captured by the Germans during the day, were re-taken by the Russians at night.’
    1. 1.1historical (in general use) a national of the former Soviet Union.
      ‘The most flagrant example that showed how the Russians disposed of political dissenters took place in Czechoslovakia.’
  • 2mass noun The language of Russia, an Eastern Slavic language written in the Cyrillic alphabet and spoken by over 130 million people.

    • ‘Most of the men included in these teams and groups spoke Russian and other languages of the Soviet Union and were dressed up as Red Army men and officers.’
    • ‘Like Russian, it is written in the Cyrillic alphabet.’
    • ‘She speaks Kazakh, Russian, English and Italian.’
    • ‘He speaks Russian as his native language.’
    • ‘Though she counts Chinese and Russian among the languages she speaks fluently, Fritzie has never played piano in either of those countries.’
    • ‘He speaks Russian, French, Czech and Bulgarian.’
    • ‘Although the Kyrgyz language is spoken in the home, most Kyrgyz also speak Russian, which is the language of business and commerce.’
    • ‘The official language is Estonian, with Russian also widely spoken.’
    • ‘The official language is Belarusian, but Russian is also widely spoken.’
    • ‘She couldn't speak Russian, though she knew the alphabet and could read names.’
    • ‘We have even given out literature written in Russian, with information about the hotel and the bar tariff.’
    • ‘The stopping times and places are in the carriage and despite Russian's Cyrillic script, it's easy to guess where you are and how long you'll stop there.’
    • ‘For example, my two new Georgian friends told me they had not uttered a word of Russian, the principal language of their schooldays, for a decade or more.’
    • ‘But the Cold War was still going on, and obtaining Russian and Chinese speaking translators was given priority.’
    • ‘World class sites were developed in English, Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Urdu.’
    • ‘French, Spanish, German, Russian, and other languages all exerted more influence over the subsequent centuries.’
    • ‘It handles the above languages plus Russian, Chinese, Japanese and Korean.’
    • ‘She also speaks German and Russian, and as a Czech speaker understands Slovak.’
    • ‘Although not technically alien, the Russian Tsars and pomeshchiki were so aloof from their subjects that they spoke French rather than Russian and lived in a Western rather than Slavonic culture.’
    • ‘Savenko has a fine presence, but in these opening acts he seemed somewhat inhibited, perhaps because of having to sing the role in English rather then his native Russian.’

Origin

Mid 16th century from medieval Latin Russianus.

Pronunciation

Russian

/ˈrʌʃ(ə)n/