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[ahy-vuhn; Russian ee-vahn]
a male given name, Russian form of John.

Ivan III

("Ivan the Great") 1440–1505, grand duke of Muscovy 1462–1505.

Ivan IV

("Ivan the Terrible") 1530–84, first czar of Russia 1547–84.
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Ivan III (ˈaɪvən)
known as Ivan the Great. 1440--1505, grand duke of Muscovy (1462--1505). He expanded Muscovy, defeated the Tatars (1480), and assumed the title of Ruler of all Russia (1472)

Ivan IV
known as Ivan the Terrible. 1530--84, grand duke of Muscovy (1533--47) and first tsar of Russia (1547--84). He conquered Kazan (1552), Astrakhan (1556), and Siberia (1581), but was defeated by Poland in the Livonian War (1558--82) after which his rule became increasingly oppressive

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Word Origin & History

masc. proper name, from Russian, lit. "John," from Gk. Ioannes "John." As the personification of Russia, or the typical name for a Russian man (originally a Russian soldier), attested from 1870.
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Computing Dictionary

Ivan definition

A Diana-like language making up part of VHDL.
["VHDL - The Designer Environment", A. Gilman, IEEE Design & Test 3, (Apr 1986)].

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Example sentences for ivan
That the tsar ivan the terrible to be a collation of four rulers, no less.
Ivan, meanwhile, sits beside a birch tree and plays on his recorder.
Ivan grabs its mane and holds on as the horse tries to shake him off.
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