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Great Russian

A Russian. Used formerly in distinguishing ethnic Russians from other constituent peoples of the Soviet Union or the Russian Empire.

[Translation of Russian Velikorusskiĭ : velikiĭ, great + russkiĭ, Russian.]
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Great Russian

1. (Languages) linguistics the technical name for Russian Compare Belarussian, Ukrainian
2. (Peoples) a member of the chief East Slavonic people of Russia
3. (Peoples) of or relating to this people or their language
4. (Languages) of or relating to this people or their language
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(ˈrʌʃ ən)

a. a member of a Slavic people, the dominant ethnic group in the Russian Federation, whose historical homeland lies along the upper Volga and Oka rivers and adjacent areas.
b. the East Slavic language of this people: the official language of Russia or the Russian Federation. Abbr.: Russ
2. any native or citizen of Russia or the Russian Federation.
3. of or pertaining to Russia, its inhabitants, or their language.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Great Russian - a member of the chief stock of Russian people living in European RussiaGreat Russian - a member of the chief stock of Russian people living in European Russia; used to distinguish ethnic Russians from other peoples incorporated into Russia
Russian - a native or inhabitant of Russia
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I do not know how it is that the great Russians have the secret of simplicity.
The works by the great Russian composer are characterized by their open-hearted melodies, impressive harmonies, which evoke a profound emotional response.
In prison he became acquainted with the great Russian writers and Russian culture.
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April Fool's Day in England, Gowk's (Cuckoo's) Day in Scotland, Poisson d'Avril (April Fish) Day in France 1873: Sergei Rachmaninov, last of the great Russian Romantic composers, was born in Oneg.
What I like about all these great writers including Art Buchwald was that they were not afraid of what was going to happen to them and were prepared to go to the great beyond, even the great Russian poet Vladimir Mayakovski who killed himself wrote in his suicide note, quite tongue in check I must say, 'I don't recommend this for others!'
According to the Russian media, the courtyard of the palace witnessed the official ceremony for the reception of the great Russian guest, with the review of the guard of honor and playing national anthems of the two countries.
A USD-five-million animated film great Russian military commander Alexander Suvorov, who fought in the Russian-Turkish war of the 18 century, is one of the major project current developed by the studio, indicated the director.
190 years ago, great Russian master of letters and words Leo Tolstoy was born on September 9, 1828 in Tula Province, Russia.

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