Definitions

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

  • adj. Of or relating to Russia or its people, language, or culture.
  • adj. Of or relating to the former Soviet Union.
  • n. A native or inhabitant of Russia.
  • n. A person of Russian descent.
  • n. A native or inhabitant of the former Soviet Union.
  • n. The East Slavic language of the Russians, used as the official language of Russia and widely as a second language within the Commonwealth of Independent States.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A person from Russia.
  • n. An ethnic Russian.
  • n. A domestic cat breed.
  • n. A cat of this breed.
  • n. A type of juggling ball with a hard outer shell, filled with salt, sand or another similar substance.
  • proper n. The Russian language.
  • adj. Of or pertaining to Russia.
  • adj. Of or pertaining to the Russian language.
  • adj. Of or pertaining to Rus.

Etymologies

Medieval Latin Russiānus, from Old Russian Rusĭ, Vikings, Rus, from Old Norse *rōdhs(menn) or ródhs(karlar), seafarers, from rōdhr, rowing.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Medieval Latin (11th century) Russianus, the adjective of Russia, a latinization of the Old East Slavic Русь (Rusĭ). In English (both as a noun and as an adjective) from the 16th century. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • OBAMA: (SPEAKING RUSSIAN) I'm still working on my Russian.

    CNN Transcript Apr 1, 2009

  • Getty Images RUSSIAN RECORD: Kazimir Malevich's 1916 abstract painting "Suprematist Composition" brought in $60 million at a Sotheby's auction in New York in November, setting a record for the artist and for any Russian artwork sold at auction.

    Photos of the Year, 2008

  • VLADIMIR PUTIN, RUSSIAN PRESIDENT (through translator): These journalist (inaudible) the Russian government.

    CNN Transcript Dec 9, 2007

  • VLADIMIR PUTIN, RUSSIAN PRESIDENT (through translator): I signed the decree on the advancement of Sergei Ivanov in the Russian government.

    CNN Transcript Feb 16, 2007

  • ANATOLY SERDYUKOV, RUSSIAN DEFENSE MINISTER (through translator): The Russian position with respect to this the issue remains unchanged.

    CNN Transcript Apr 23, 2007

  • VLADIMIR PUTIN, RUSSIAN PRESIDENT (through translator): When it comes to the nuclear issue, the Iranians are cooperating with Russian nuclear agencies to reach a peaceful objective and all the countries involved that express their idea that peaceful nuclear activities must be allowed.

    CNN Transcript Oct 16, 2007

  • SERGEI LAVROV, RUSSIAN FOREIGN MINISTER: There is no compromise, new Russian proposal.

    CNN Transcript Mar 7, 2006

  • ANNA POLITKOVSKAYA, RUSSIAN JOURNALIST: (Speaking in Russian) CHANCE: "Each time I returned from Chechnya, I appreciate my life," she says.

    CNN Transcript Oct 9, 2006

  • VLADIMIR PUTIN, RUSSIAN PRESIDENT (through translator): The fundamental principles of democracy and institutions of democracy must be adapted to the realities of Russian life today to our traditions and our history.

    CNN Transcript Feb 23, 2005

  • ALEXEI PUSHKOV (ph), RUSSIAN ANCHORMAN: Well, to tell you the truth, the Russian media is still very attentive to this story because two things come together.

    CNN Transcript Jul 10, 2004

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