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[pruhsh-uh n] /ˈprʌʃ ən/
of or relating to Prussia or its inhabitants.
characterized by, exemplifying, or resembling Prussianism.
a native or inhabitant of Prussia.
(originally) one of a Lettic people formerly inhabiting territory along and near the coast at the southeastern corner of the Baltic Sea.
a Baltic language formerly spoken in Prussia; Old Prussian.
Abbreviation: Pruss.
Origin of Prussian
1555-65; Prussi(a) + -an
Related forms
non-Prussian, noun, adjective
pro-Prussian, adjective, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • A Prussian, I mean, in your gross way of blurting out everything.

    Vittoria, Complete George Meredith
  • Now the Prussian staff had taken up its quarters in this farmhouse.

  • The Prussian King allowed him on his departure a pension of 16,000 francs.

    Great Musical Composers George T. Ferris
  • "Very good wine, I think," swore the Prussian, taking the bottle.

    Vivian Grey Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
  • From the beginning the Hohenzollern have been identified with the Prussian State.

  • I said there was no doubt that the Prussian army was on its march, and would soon be joined by that of the Princes and of Austria.

    The Secret Memoirs of Louis XV./XVI, Complete Madame du Hausset, an "Unknown English Girl" and the Princess Lamballe
British Dictionary definitions for Prussian


of, relating to, or characteristic of Prussia or its people, esp of the Junkers and their formal military tradition
a German native or inhabitant of Prussia
a member of a Baltic people formerly inhabiting the coastal area of the SE Baltic
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Word Origin and History for Prussian

1550s (n.), 1560s (adj.), from Prussia + -an. Prussian blue pigment (1724) came to English from French bleu de Prusse, so called for being discovered in Berlin, the Prussian capital.

All in all, it seems that Prussian blue was synthesised for the first time around 1706 by the Swiss immigrant Johann Jacob Diesbach in Berlin. [Jens Bartoll and Bärbel Jackisch, "Prussian Blue: A Chronology of the Early Years," "Zeitschrift für Kunsttechnologie und Konservierung" 24, No. 1, 2010]
Early German sources refer to it as Preußisches Ultra-Marin and berliner blau. Prussic acid (1790), is from French acide prussique, so called in reference to prussian blue pigment, to which it is chemically related.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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