noun Russian Cookery.

singular of blini.

Origin of blin

1885–90; < Russian; Old Russian blinŭ, by dissimilation from mlinŭ, noun derivative from base of Russian molótʾ to grind, mélʾnitsa mill; cf. mill1


or blin·is, blin·y

[blin-ee, blee-nee]

plural noun, singular blin. Russian Cookery.

pancakes made with yeast and either white or buckwheat flour and traditionally served during Shrovetide with caviar and sour cream.

Origin of blini

< Russian bliný, plural of blin blin


[blin-ee, blee-nee]

plural noun, singular blin. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for blin

Historical Examples of blin

  • Then she had ordered Blin to clean it, which the latter did, scrubbing it out with sand and ashes.

    She Stands Accused

    Victor MacClure

  • When Blin is in the grotto, he is betrayed by his brother Sugrvas.

  • The ancient king was named Blin, and was the son of Indras (akrasnus).

  • Among these ungracious sounds the Captain caught, "Blin' ole fool!"


    T.S. Stribling

  • Aunt Blin's voice trembled with humble ecstasy as she answered.

    The Other Girls

    Mrs. A. D. T. Whitney

British Dictionary definitions for blin



a Scot word for blind


bliny or blinis (ˈblɪnɪz)

pl n

Russian pancakes made of buckwheat flour and yeast

Word Origin for blini

C19: from Russian: plural of blin, from Old Russian mlinǔ, related to Russian molot' to grind
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