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From Old East Slavic русьскъ (rusĭskŭ).



ру́сский (rússkij)

  1. Of or pertaining to Russia or the Russians.
    ру́сская во́дкаRussian vodka
    ру́сская вы́хухоль(Desmana moschata) Russian desman, Russian muskrat
    ру́сский замо́кRussian lock, Sklifosovsky’s lock
    ру́сский осётр(Acipenser gueldenstaedti) Russian sturgeon
    ру́сский морозrussian frost (very cold weather)
    ру́сский «аво́сь» — said about the alleged unconcern of Russians and their tendency to rely on luck
    ру́сский бале́тRussian ballet
    ру́сский хокке́йRussian hockey
  2. (figuratively) Of a person, being from Russia.
    Русская Америка — Russian America, meaning Russian-speaking people (not necessary belonging to the Russian ethnic group) living in USA


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ру́сский (rússkijm anim, m inan (genitive ру́сского, nominative plural ру́сские, feminine ру́сская)

  1. (animate) Russian, an ethnic Russian person (for other ethnicities living in Russia, see россиянин)
    Вы ведь ру́сский? (Or: Вы ру́сский, не та́к-ли?) — You’re Russian, aren’t you?
  2. (inanimate) the Russian language (short for ру́сский язы́к (rússkij jazýk))
    ты зна́ешь ру́сский? — Do you know Russian?

Usage notes[edit]

Do not confuse the noun or adjective русский with российский/россиянин, all of which translate to Russian.

The word русский, concerning a person or people, means pertaining to ethnic East Slavic Russians only, but not to other ethnic groups in Russia.
The word российский means pertaining to the state or nation of Russia.

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