mus·​co·​vite ˈmə-skə-ˌvīt How to pronounce muscovite (audio)
: a native or resident of the ancient principality of Moscow or of the city of Moscow
[muscovy (glass)] : a colorless to pale brown form of mica consisting of a silicate of aluminum and potassium
Muscovite adjective

Examples of muscovite in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Since the plan was announced three months ago, Muscovites like the Rumyantsevs have mobilized on social media and neighborhood groups to organize demonstrations, gather signatures for petitions and swap ideas on how to fight the plan. Sabra Ayres,, 14 June 2017 Guggenberger is one of 1.6 million Muscovites who could be affected by a city plan to demolish their Soviet-era apartment buildings and replace them with modern high-rises. David Filipov, Washington Post, 10 June 2017

These examples are programmatically compiled from various online sources to illustrate current usage of the word 'muscovite.' Any opinions expressed in the examples do not represent those of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback about these examples.

Word History


Medieval Latin or New Latin Muscovia, Moscovia Moscow

First Known Use

1535, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of muscovite was in 1535

Dictionary Entries Near muscovite

Cite this Entry

“Muscovite.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


: a person born or living in Moscow
Muscovite adjective

More from Merriam-Webster on muscovite

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!