[ ahr-sheen ]

  1. a Russian unit of length equal to 28 inches (71 centimeters).

Origin of arshin

First recorded in 1725–35; from Russian arshín, from Tatar aršïn or a cognate Turkic word, ultimately from Persian
  • Also ar·chine, ar·shine .

Words Nearby arshin Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use arshin in a sentence

  • While a machine is like an arshin (yardstick), it contains exactly so much as the work required.

    Foma Gordyeff | Maxim Gorky
  • The little man was really one arshin high, and his beard was seven arshins long.

    Old Peter's Russian Tales | Arthur Ransome
  • It stands the Government in about a rouble the arshin, and sells for two roubles.

  • In his head was a hole, and from the hole the black blood was pouring; the dust for an arshin around was wet with it.

    A Russian Proprietor | Lyof N. Tolstoi