[ roo-thee-nee-uh n, -theen-yuh n ]
/ ruˈθi ni ən, -ˈθin yən /


Also Ru·thene [roo-theen] /ruˈθin/. of or relating to the inhabitants of Ruthenia, Galicia, and neighboring regions.


one of the Ruthenian people.
the dialect of Ukrainian spoken in Ruthenia.
a member of a former Orthodox religious group that entered into communion with the Roman Catholic Church in 1596 and became the “Uniate Church of the Little Russians.”


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Origin of Ruthenian

First recorded in 1840–50; Rutheni(a) + -an Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for ruthenian

/ (ruːˈθiːnɪən) /


of or relating to Ruthenia, its people, or their dialect of Ukrainian


a dialect of Ukrainian
a native or inhabitant of Ruthenia
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