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Russian

[ruhsh-uh n] /ˈrʌʃ ən/
adjective
1.
of or relating to Russia, its people, or their language.
noun
2.
a native or inhabitant of Russia.
3.
a member of a Slavic people, the dominant ethnic group in the Russian Federation, whose historical homeland lies along the upper Volga and Oka rivers and adjacent areas.
4.
the Slavic language of this people, written in the Cyrillic alphabet: the official language of Russia or the Russian Federation.
Abbreviation: Russ, Russ.
5.
Informal. Russian dressing.
Origin of Russian
1530-1540
1530-40; < Medieval Latin Russiānus. See Russ, Russia, -an
Related forms
anti-Russian, adjective, noun
half-Russian, adjective
non-Russian, adjective, noun
pro-Russian, adjective, noun
pseudo-Russian, adjective, noun
semi-Russian, adjective, noun
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  • With the Russian official the main thing is the passport, not the baggage.

    Through Scandinavia to Moscow William Seymour Edwards
  • The old Russian boyars were an example of such an aristocracy.

    Folkways William Graham Sumner
  • Co-operation on the part of the Russian Government can no longer be guaranteed.

    A Sub and a Submarine Percy F. Westerman
  • Then he put his arms around me in Russian fashion and bade me go.

    Princess Zara Ross Beeckman
  • Weak as the Russian Emperor might be, it was evident that he had not betrayed my secret.

    The International Spy Allen Upward
British Dictionary definitions for Russian

Russian

/ˈrʌʃən/
noun
1.
the official language of Russia: an Indo-European language belonging to the East Slavonic branch
2.
the official language of the former Soviet Union
3.
a native or inhabitant of Russia
adjective
4.
of, relating to, or characteristic of Russia, its people, or their language
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Word Origin and History for Russian
n.

1530s, from Medieval Latin Russianus, from Russia (see Russia). Slang or colloquial Russki "Russian" (1858) is from Russian Russkiy. Russian roulette attested from 1937. Russian dressing for salads is from 1915.

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