Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • A city of central Ukraine west-southwest of Kharkiv. Probably settled by Slavic peoples in the 8th or 9th century, it was a Cossack stronghold in the 17th century. Population: 310,000.

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  • proper n. A city in east-central Ukraine, administrative centre of Poltava province.
  • proper n. Poltava province (oblast), in central Ukraine.

Etymologies

From Ukrainian Полтава (Poltáva). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Morevoer, in Poltava both sides (Russians and Swedes) had Cossacks with them. vanya says:

    Matthew Yglesias » Strategic Significance

  • While in Poltava, Wallings visited V.G. Korolenko and talked to him about the situation of peasants in the Poltava Province.

    A GIFT TO LEO TOLSTOY

  • Balashev involuntarily flushed with pleasure at the aptitude of this reply, but hardly had he uttered the word Poltava before Caulaincourt began speaking of the badness of the road from

    War and Peace

  • Balashev involuntarily flushed with pleasure at the aptitude of this reply, but hardly had he uttered the word Poltava before Caulaincourt began speaking of the badness of the road from Petersburg to Moscow and of his Petersburg reminiscences.

    War and Peace

  • The opera, based on Pushkin's epic poem "Poltava," is about Mazeppa, a 17th-century Ukrainian figure -- a patriot or traitor, depending on your point of view -- who teamed up with the Swedes to try to take the Ukraine from Russia's Peter the Great.

    Wagner Meets Maazel at the Met

  • The fact of the matter is that Ukraine has been politically dominated by Moscow for the vast majority of the three hundred years since the Battle of Poltava and control of Ukraine has never made Russia mistress of the word.

    Matthew Yglesias » Strategic Significance

  • “The fact of the matter is that Ukraine has been politically dominated by Moscow for the vast majority of the three hundred years since the Battle of Poltava and control of Ukraine has never made Russia mistress of the word.”

    Matthew Yglesias » Strategic Significance

  • “Ukraine has been politically dominated by Moscow for the vast majority of the three hundred years since the Battle of Poltava”

    Matthew Yglesias » Strategic Significance

  • Less than a year later the Swedes and Mazepa were defeated at Poltava.

    Matthew Yglesias » Strategic Significance

  • Actually, Moscow dominated Ukraine years before the Battle of Poltava.

    Matthew Yglesias » Strategic Significance

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