What does Russian mean?

Definitions for Russian
ˈrʌʃ ənrus·sian

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word Russian.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. Russiannoun

    a native or inhabitant of Russia

  2. Russianadjective

    the Slavic language that is the official language of Russia

  3. Russianadjective

    of or pertaining to or characteristic of Russia or its people or culture or language

    "Russian dancing"


  1. Russiannoun

    A person from Russia.

  2. Russiannoun

    An ethnic Russian.

  3. Russiannoun

    A domestic cat breed.

  4. Russiannoun

    A cat of this breed.

  5. Russiannoun

    A type of juggling ball with a hard outer shell, filled with salt, sand or another similar substance.

  6. Russianadjective

    Of or pertaining to Russia.

  7. Russianadjective

    Of or pertaining to Rus.

  8. Russiannoun

    The Russian language.

  9. Etymology: (11th century) Russianus, the adjective of Russia, a latinization of the Old East Slavic Русь. In English (both as a noun and as an adjective) from the 16th century.


  1. russian

    1) A native or inhabitant of Russia. 2) The official language of Russia. 3) Pertaining to or characteristic of Russia, its people, culture, etc. 4) In a broader context, it can also refer to geopolitical regions that were part of the former Soviet Union.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Russianadjective

    of or pertaining to Russia, its inhabitants, or language

  2. Russiannoun

    a native or inhabitant of Russia; the language of Russia


  1. Russian

    The Russians are an East Slavic ethnic group native to Russia, speaking the Russian language and primarily living in Russia and neighboring countries. They are the most numerous indigenous people of the Russian Federation, and the most numerous people in Europe.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Russian

    rush′yan, adj. relating to Russia, a country of Europe, or to its people.—n. a native of Russia: the Russian language.—adj. Russ, belonging to the Russians.—n. a Russian: the Russian language.—v.t. Russ′ianise, to give Russian characteristics to.—n. Russificā′tion.—v.t. Rus′sify, to Russianise.—ns. Rus′so-Byzan′tine, the national art of Russian architecture; Rus′sophile, one who favours Russian policy (also adj.); Rus′sophilism; Rus′sophilist; Rus′sophobe, one who dreads or hates the Russians—also Rus′sophobist; Russophō′bia, the dread of Russian policy.—Russia leather (see Leather).

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Russian is ranked #36970 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Russian surname appeared 604 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Russian.

    81.1% or 490 total occurrences were White.
    9.4% or 57 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    7.2% or 44 total occurrences were Black.
    0.8% or 5 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Russian' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1936

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Russian' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4691

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Russian' in Nouns Frequency: #2188

  4. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Russian' in Adjectives Frequency: #262

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Russian in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Russian in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of Russian in a Sentence

  1. Grand Duchess Olga Nikolaevna of Russia:

    I am a Russian, and I will remain a Russian!

  2. Dana Rohrabacher:

    We started arguing about who won the Cold War. And so we decided to settle it like men do when they've had too much to drink in the pub. So we got to these arm wrestling matches, and I ended up being paired off with Russian President Vladimir Putin, russian President Vladimir Putin's Russian President Vladimir Putin, but boy, I'll tell Russian President Vladimir Putin. Russian President Vladimir Putin put me down in a millisecond ! Russian President Vladimir Putin is tough. Russian President Vladimir Putin muscles are just unbelievable.

  3. Donald Trump:

    I got something I'd like to say to Russian President Vladimir Putin as well. Russian President Vladimir Putin, I want Russian President Vladimir Putin to hear this from me, Russian President Vladimir Putin is smart, Russian President Vladimir Putin is kind, you is important, i love Russian President Vladimir Putin, Russian President Vladimir Putin.

  4. Winston Churchill:

    I cannot forecast to you the action of Russia. It is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma but perhaps there is a key. That key is Russian national interest.

  5. Alice May Brock:

    Tomatoes and oregano make it Italian wine and tarragon make it French. Sour cream makes it Russian lemon and cinnamon make it Greek. Soy sauce makes it Chinese garlic makes it good.

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