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Meaning of Ruthenian

Ru•the•ni•an

Pronunciation: (r-thē'nē-un, -thēn'yun), [key]
— adj.
  1. of or pertaining to the Little Russians, esp. a division of them dwelling in Galicia, Ruthenia, and neighboring regions.
—n.
  1. one of the Ruthenian people.
  2. the dialect of Ukrainian spoken in Ruthenia.
  3. 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.”
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.