Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • A country of eastern Europe bordering on the Black Sea. Inhabited in early times by Scythians and Sarmatians, it was overrun by a number of conquerors, including Goths and Huns, until the rise of Kiev in the 9th century. The region came under the control of Lithuania in the mid-14th century and later passed to Poland and then to Russia (between 1680 and 1793). After the Russian Revolution an independent republic was proclaimed (1918), but Soviet troops retook control, and in 1922 it became one of the original constituent republics of the USSR, known as the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic. During World War II the republic suffered severe devastation under German occupation and underwent many territorial changes. Ukraine gained its independence following the collapse of the USSR in 1991. Kiev is the capital and largest city. Population: 46,300,000.

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  • proper n. A country in Eastern Europe; was long part of the Russian Empire, then of the Soviet Union. Official name: Ukraine.

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  • n. a republic in southeastern Europe; formerly a European soviet; the center of the original Russian state which came into existence in the ninth century

Etymologies

1688 Ucrania, Ukrain, Ukraine, Ukrania, 1762 Ocraine. Adaptation of Polish Ukraina, Russian Украина (Ukraína), or Ukrainian Україна (Ukraḯna), from the specific use, originally meaning “borderland”, “marches” or “insideland”. From Old East Slavic оу (u, "at") + краи (krai, "edge"), or край (край, "land"). Details in Wikipedia: Name of Ukraine. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • VIKTOR YUSHCHENKO, PRESIDENT OF UKRAINE (through translator): First of all, I think the whole world was watching what was going on in the United States of America during Katrina hurricane and I think you received a lot of sympathy from different countries of the world including Ukraine.

    CNN Transcript Sep 18, 2005

  • MARK BRZEZINSKI, UKRAINE EXPERT: Well, if you look at Ukraine on the map, it's a strategically large country in the heart of Europe.

    CNN Transcript Nov 23, 2004

  • We start invade ukraine, we almost have victory with out elite chelski sas squad but Ukraine save at the end by the most superior nation in the world, Belgium.

    WN.com - Business News

  • RUSSIA - UKRAINE Patriarch Kirill's visit to Ukraine with an eye on the Vatican

    Spero News

  • KIEV, UKRAINE - Turkey, Romania, Greece and other Balkan nations reported a complete shut off of Russian gas shipped via Ukraine Tuesday, in a sharp escalation of a struggle over energy that threatens Europe as winter sets in.

    The Globe and Mail - Home RSS feed

  • Family Ministry appoints Kyivmiskbud Holding Company as general contractor in reconstruction of Olimpiyskiy Sport Complex World Bank to forge cooperation with ukraine during financial crisis Tymoshenko denies Ukraine owes Russia $2.4 billion for natural gas

    News on www.kyivpost.com

  • REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT TO THE PEOPLE OF UKRAINE Volodomyrs'ka Street Plaza Schevchenko University Kiev, Ukraine

    President At Schevchenko University Kiev Ukraine

  • FriendHouse Hotel on the Orel River in Ukraine is constructed of only eco-friendly material: clay, reed, wood and stone.

    Sustainable Design Update » Blog Archive » Friend House Eco-Hotel

  • One of the key political laws would be a law on proportional system of elections because the existing majority system of elections in Ukraine is currently one of the most criminal election models.

    What's Happening in Ukraine

  • Anonymous said ... hi Lee, i'm in Ukraine, which is of course a Ukrainian-speaking country, but I get away with Russian ...

    A dog is not a Hund is not a chien

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