Rus·​sian ˈrə-shən How to pronounce Russian (audio)
: a native or inhabitant of Russia
: a member of the dominant Slavic-speaking ethnic group of Russia
: a person of Russian descent
: a Slavic language of the Russian people spoken as a second language by many non-Russian ethnic groups of the Soviet Union and its successor states
Russian adjective
Russianness noun

Examples of Russian in a Sentence

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Word History

First Known Use

1538, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of Russian was in 1538

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“Russian.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jul. 2024.

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Rus·​sian ˈrəsh-ən How to pronounce Russian (audio)
: a person born or living in Russia
: a Slavic language of the Russian people
Russian adjective
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