Meaning of Ruthenian
Pronunciation: (r-thē'nē-un, -thēn'yun), [key]
- of or pertaining to the Little Russians, esp. a division of them dwelling in Galicia, Ruthenia, 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.”