Киевъ

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Old East Slavic[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Uncertain:

  • Traditionally concidered to be derived from the city's founder Кии (Kii), meaning "Kii's [city]". This has been dismissed by Michael Hrushevsky as folk etymology.
  • According to Jaroslav Rudnyckyj, the name derives from кии (kii, pole), referring to the fact the city was palisaded by poles.
  • Alternatively, related to the modern Ukrainian куява (kujava, steep hill) and Ukrainian куеви (kuevy, mountain top).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (Early East Slavic) IPA(key): /ˈkʲijɛʋʊ/
    • Hyphenation: Ки‧е‧въ
  • (Late East Slavic) IPA(key): /ˈkʲijɛʋ/
    • Hyphenation: Ки‧евъ

Proper noun[edit]

Киевъ (Kievŭm

  1. Kiev (a city in Kievan Rus)
    • 1377, Dmitry of Suzdal, Laurentian Codex[1], lines 3-4, column 0:
      кто въ києвѣ нача первѣє кнѧжит и ѿкуду рускаꙗ ꙁемлѧ стала єсть⁘
      kto vŭ kievě nača pervěe knęžit i otŭkudu ruskaja zemlę stala estĭ⁘
      Who in Kiev first started to reign and whence the Russian land has started to be.

Declension[edit]

Descendants[edit]

  • Belarusian: Кі́еў (Kíjeŭ)
  • Russian: Ки́ев (Kíjev)
  • Rusyn: Ки́їв (Kýjiv)
  • Ukrainian: Ки́їв (Kýjiv)