Definitions

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  • n. A retinue in the service of a chieftain in mediaeval Slavic Europe.

Etymologies

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друг, "companion, friend".

Examples

  • Last October, St. Petersburg revived a Soviet-era institution called the druzhina -- civilian patrols that help the police by maintaining order and reporting other citizens 'suspicious behavior.

    Comrade Putin's New Russia

  • "In the old days, [the druzhina] were workers," says one of his friends, 19-year-old Aleksandr Dorokhov.

    Comrade Putin's New Russia

  • Trade became a leading occupation of the Russian princes, who, with their followers (druzhina), protected the merchant ships.

    d. Kievan Russia

  • At first Ivan thought it was some misguided notion of chivalry and fair play that was causing the druzhina to object.

    Enchantment

  • After a couple of days, Katerina authorized Sergei to bring a couple of teenage boys from the village, enlisting them as the first of her own druzhina, though their labor was pilfering grain sacks and toting them miles through the forest, rather than swordplay.

    Enchantment

  • King Matfei emerged from the wood and arrayed his army almost exactly as Baba Yaga's men were organized -- peasants to the left and right, the druzhina in the middle, to guard the king and lead the push into battle.

    Enchantment

  • "Whatever my people need, I do," she said, "and my druzhina will not be too good to do the same."

    Enchantment

  • In three minutes of chaos, Baba Yaga's army became nothing but her druzhina and a handful of peasants, who now bunched up as close to the knights as they could manage.

    Enchantment

  • "You're right," he said, "I'm a contemptible weakling, I'm not strong and brave like the men in your father's druzhina, you're right to despise me."

    Enchantment

  • Not common peasants, then, but men of soldiering age and with the responsibility of boyars or of the king's own druzhina, the knights who stayed always under arms and under the orders of the king.

    Enchantment

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