Definition of Ukrainian in English:


Line breaks: Ukrain|ian
Pronunciation: /juːˈkreɪnɪən


  • 1A native or inhabitant of Ukraine, or a person of Ukrainian descent.
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    • Jews, Ukrainians, and Russians were the most likely to leave.
    • The current population is primarily Belarusian but also includes Russians, Poles, Ukrainians, and Jews.
    • Their General Denikin made a point of referring to Ukrainians as ‘Little Russians’.
  • 2 [mass noun] The Eastern Slavic language of Ukraine, which has about 60 million speakers worldwide.
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    • They were a few people who could speak Russian and Polish, but no one who knew some of the more obscure Slavic languages like Ukrainian or Bulgarian.
    • That makes a big difference from eastern regions, where most city dwellers have only studied Ukrainian as a foreign language in school.
    • In 1980 less than 17 percent listed their primary language as Ukrainian.


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  • Relating to Ukraine, its people, or their language.
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    • Edmonton and Calgary have become the capitals of Ukrainian dance in North America, thanks to dedicated pioneers, teachers and dancers, 99 per cent of whom are volunteers.
    • Others were more unusual, like an embroidery class in a Molochansk school where children learned the historical significance of traditional Ukrainian embroidery and how this art form is relevant today.
    • The loss of Rotan, a huge talent, was deeply felt; but it was the departure of a third player, Oleg Venglinsky - Ukrainian player of the year in 2003-that dominated many of the headlines.

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