Be·​la·​rus·​ian ˌb(y)e-lä-ˈrü-sē-ən How to pronounce Belarusian (audio)
variants or Belarussian or less commonly Belarusan
: a native or inhabitant of Belarus
: the Slavic language of the Belarusians
Belarusian adjective
or Belarussian or less commonly Belarusan

Examples of Belarusian in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That’s how dominant the big-hitting Belarusian has been thus far. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, 24 Jan. 2024 Photo: Getty Images The 25-year-old Belarusian quickly pulled ahead in the first set, breaking Gauff’s very first service game and taking a 6-2 lead. Vogue, 9 Sep. 2023 He was accused of working for news outlets including Belsat TV, which broadcasts in Belarusian from its base in neighboring Poland. Democrat-Gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 27 July 2023 There are now 36 in jail, according to the Belarusian Association of Journalists, after the arrest on Monday of Ihar Karnei, 55. Valerie Hopkins,, 22 July 2023 On Friday, the Belarusian Defense Ministry said Wagner fighters were training military personnel in the country, and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said last week that there was no imminent threat of an invasion. Marisa Iati, Washington Post, 16 July 2023 Svitolina is ranked number 79 among women's tennis singles players, but has beat out American player Venus Williams, Belgium's Elise Mertens, America's Sofia Kenin, and Belarusian Victoria Azarenka at Wimbledon. Caitlin O'Kane, CBS News, 10 July 2023 These centers are meant to implement combat training and exchange information about weaponry, the Belarusian Defense Ministry said on Telegram. Niha Masih, Washington Post, 29 June 2023 Large-scale protests broke out after Belarusians, Western nations and human-rights groups accused Minsk of falsifying the election’s results to secure Lukashenko – who had been in power since 1994 – another win. Caitlin McFall, Fox News, 29 June 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1951, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of Belarusian was in 1951

Dictionary Entries Near Belarusian

Cite this Entry

“Belarusian.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2024.

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