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A historical region and former principality in west-central Russia. Centered on Moscow, it was founded c. 1280 and existed as a separate entity until the 1500s, when it was united with another principality to form the nucleus of the early Russian empire. The name was then used for the expanded territory.


1. (Placename) a Russian principality (13th to 16th centuries), of which Moscow was the capital
2. (Placename) an archaic name for Russia, Moscow


(ˈmʌs kə vi)

1. Also called Grand Duchy of Muscovy. a principality founded c1271 and centered on Moscow: gained control over the neighboring Great Russian principalities and established the Russian Empire under the czars.
2. Archaic. Moscow.
3. Archaic. Russia.
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Noun1.Muscovy - a Russian principality in the 13th to 16th centuriesMuscovy - a Russian principality in the 13th to 16th centuries; Moscow was the capital
Russia - a former empire in eastern Europe and northern Asia created in the 14th century with Moscow as the capital; powerful in the 17th and 18th centuries under Peter the Great and Catherine the Great when Saint Petersburg was the capital; overthrown by revolution in 1917


n (Hist) → Moskauer Staat m