from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- A city of southwest Russia on the Don River near its outlet on an arm of the Sea of Azov. The city grew around a fortress built in 1761 and was chartered in 1797. Population: 1,060,000.
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- proper n. a city in Russia, in Yaroslavl oblast, also called Rostov Veliky (Ростов Великий literally: Rostov the Great) officially and to distinguish from Rostov-na-Donu.
- proper n. a large city in Russia, centre of Rostov oblast, normally called Rostov-na-Donu or Rostov-on-Don (Ростов-на-Дону).
- proper n. Rostov Oblast in Russia, its centre is Rostov-na-Donu.
- proper n. a Russian surname
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- n. a seaport on the Don River near the Sea of Azov in the European part of Russia
The surname - from Russian рост (rost) - growth. The etymology of the city names is unclear. (Wiktionary)