- 1.4 Ivan IV (1530–84), grand duke of Muscovy 1533–47 and first tsar of Russia 1547–84; known as Ivan the Terrible. He captured Kazan, Astrakhan, and Siberia, but the Tartar siege of Moscow and the Polish victory in the Livonian War (1558–82) left Russia weak and divided. In 1581 he killed his eldest son Ivan in a fit of rage, the succession passing to his mentally disturbed second son Fyodor.
- A Russian man, especially a Russian soldier: [as name]: the story back then was that Ivan lost a sub and we were out to help them find itMore example sentences
- The Ivans showed no hospitality towards simple soldiers.
- Don't you know the Ivans throw women in their ranks and dress them like soldiers to fight us?
- He was famous for using maximum discipline whenever possible, just to keep the quavering Ivans in line.