Dou·​kho·​bor ˈdü-kə-ˌbȯr How to pronounce Doukhobor (audio)
variants or less commonly Dukhobor
: a member of a Christian sect of 18th century Russian origin emphasizing the duty of obeying the inner light and rejecting church or civil authority

Word History


Russian dukhobor, dukhoborets, from dukh spirit + borets wrestler

First Known Use

1891, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Doukhobor was in 1891

Dictionary Entries Near Doukhobor

Cite this Entry

“Doukhobor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Feb. 2024.

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