[ roo-thee-nee-uhn, -theen-yuhn ]

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

  1. one of the Ruthenian people.

  2. the dialect of Ukrainian spoken in Ruthenia.

  1. 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.”

Origin of Ruthenian

First recorded in 1840–50; Rutheni(a) + -an

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

How to use Ruthenian in a sentence

  • Ruthenian is a language intermediate between Russian and Polish, but quite independent of both.

  • Poland's claims were to be left to the self-determination of the Silesian and Ruthenian populations.

  • Mr. Ardan says Ruthenian men and women drink, "farmers and Protestants being exceptions."

    Aliens or Americans? | Howard B. Grose
  • There are four Ruthenian weeklies and one monthly published in this country, and some books.

    Aliens or Americans? | Howard B. Grose
  • With regard to the Ruthenian districts of Hungary also they had made demands which had been refused by me.

    In the World War | Count Ottokar Czernin

British Dictionary definitions for Ruthenian


/ (ruːˈθiːnɪən) /

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

  1. a dialect of Ukrainian

  2. a native or inhabitant of Ruthenia

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