Definition of Belarusian in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌbeləˈro͞osēən/


Relating to Belarus, its people, or its language: Belarusian villages a Belarusian journalist
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  • Eugene vowed to return before the end of the year with thermal clothing for patients to help cope with the harsh Belarusian winter.
  • He's a 33-year-old Belarusian immigrant with a background in computer sales.
  • They shared the all-around gold medal at the 1971 European Championships, held in the Belarusian capital of Minsk.


1A native of Belarus, or a person of Belarusian descent: a Belarusian from Minsk
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  • A series of terrific performances from the Belarusian contributed, in no small measure, to Arsenal's impressive progress into the Champions League semi-finals.
  • He was born in the northeastern part of Poland in a community of ethnic Belarusians.
  • Some Belarusians, satisfied with the economic security the state provides, are critical of Poland's efforts to promote democracy.
2The Eastern Slavic language of Belarus, with about 9 million speakers: the book is currently available only in Belarusian
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  • The official language is Belarusian, but Russian is also widely spoken.
  • Most Belarusians speak two or three languages, usually including Belarusian and Russian.
  • Its formative period was during the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, and culminated in the sixteenth century when Francisk Skaryna, a publisher, humanist, scientist, and writer, published the first book - the Bible - in Belarusian.

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Syllabification: Be·la·ru·sian

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