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


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The surname - from Russian рост (rost) - growth. The etymology of the city names is unclear.


  • But I think I would rather have been going to the one in Rostov-on-Don - where I could have charmed those bonnie lassies wi 'some of Rabbie's more memporable lines:

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  • Dan is frantic until a small-town sheriff by the name of Costigan contacts him, informing him Tori is in Rostov and Dan needs to go there if he wants answers about why she's there.

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  • Yaroslavl, like Rostov, is renowned for its ancient churches, which are everywhere in the city.

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  • He was cross with the stupid old man (as he called Rostov), who had made him stay by assuring him that some necessary documents had not yet arrived from town, and he was vexed with himself for having stayed.

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  • I wanted to acquire a literary education, but in Rostov such an education that would suit my wishes was not to be obtained.

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  • More alarming was news that his tanks had reached Taganrog by the 12th, and thus controlled the approach to Rostov from the sea, since Taganrog dominated the bay of the same name Rostov was at the head of the bay and the mouth of the Don as it flowed into the Sea of Azov.


  • This was, Irina assured me, not mere folklore: the church has certified 300 miracles of healing in Rostov.

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  • Shoigu expressed alarm that the situation was worsening in the south - so far spared the worst of the fires - including in Rostov, which is not one of the seven Russian regions where

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  • In the evening he came back to his dugout in a state such as Rostov had never yet seen him in.

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  • The kremlin-side location of the Hotel Boyarsky Dvor (“The Boyars’ Court”) makes it the top choice for accommodations in Rostov.

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