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Great Russian

n.
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.]

Great Russian

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

Rus•sian

(ˈrʌʃ ən)

n.
1.
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.
adj.
3. of or pertaining to Russia, its inhabitants, or their language.
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
References in classic literature ?
I do not know how it is that the great Russians have the secret of simplicity.
On the last occasion when the great Russian bugbear provoked a division, he voted submissively with his Conservative allies.
Having decisively thrashed the great Russian Empire, Japan promptly set about dreaming a colossal dream of empire for herself.