Russian

noun
Rus·​sian | \ ˈrə-shən How to pronounce Russian (audio) \

Definition of Russian

1a : a native or inhabitant of Russia
b : a member of the dominant Slavic-speaking ethnic group of Russia
c : a person of Russian descent
2 : 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

Other Words from Russian

Russian adjective
Russianness \ ˈrə-​shən-​nəs How to pronounce Russianness (audio) \ noun

First Known Use of Russian

1538, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of Russian was in 1538

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“Russian.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Russian. Accessed 30 Nov. 2020.

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Russian

noun
How to pronounce Russian (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of Russian

: a person born, raised, or living in Russia
: a person whose family is from Russia
: the language of the Russian people

Russian

adjective
Rus·​sian | \ ˈrə-shən How to pronounce Russian (audio) \

Kids Definition of Russian

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of or relating to Russia, its people, or the Russian language

Russian

noun

Kids Definition of Russian (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a person born or living in Russia
2 : a language of the Russians

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