[ meer; Russian myeer ]
/ mɪər; Russian myir /

noun, plural mi·ri [meer-ee; Russian myee-ri] /ˈmɪər i; Russian ˈmyi rɪ/. Russian.

a village commune of peasant farmers in prerevolutionary Russia.
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/ Russian (mir) /

noun plural miri (ˈmiri)

a peasant commune in prerevolutionary Russia

Word Origin for mir

literally: world

British Dictionary definitions for miri (2 of 2)


/ (mɪə) /


the Russian (formerly Soviet) manned space station launched in February 1986 and scuttled in 2001

Word Origin for Mir

C20: Russian: peace
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Word Origin and History for miri


late 20c. space station, from Russian, literally "peace, world," also "village, community," from Old Church Slavonic miru "peace," from Proto-Slavic *miru "commune, joy, peace" ("possibly borrowed from Iranian" [Watkins]), from PIE root *mei- "to bind" (see mitre). Old Church Slavonic miru was "used in Christian terminology as a collective 'community of peace' " [Buck], translating Greek kosmos. Hence, "the known world, mankind."

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