Definition of Ukrainian in English:


Syllabification: U·krain·i·an
Pronunciation: /yo͞oˈkrānēən


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’.
2The East Slavic language of Ukraine.
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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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