from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- The capital of Ukraine, in the north-central part of the country on the Dnieper River southwest of Moscow. One of the oldest cities in northern Europe, it was a commercial center by the fifth century and became the capital of Kievan Russia in the ninth century. Invaded by the Mongols in 1240, it passed to Lithuania in the 14th century, became part of the Russian empire in 1686, and was ceded to the USSR in 1920. Population: 2,660,000.
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- proper n. The capital of Ukraine
- proper n. The medieval principality centred on Kiev; the Kievan state or Kievan Rus
- proper n. Kiev province (oblast) of Ukraine
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. capital and largest city of the Ukraine; a major manufacturing and transportation center
Russian Киев (Kíjev), from the name of a legendary founder, Кий (Kij). Compare Ukrainian Київ (Kýïv), from Кий (Kyj). (see Kyi, Shchek and Khoryv in Wikipedia) (Wiktionary)