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From Ukrainian Ки́їв (Kýjiv), purportedly from the name of a legendary founder, Кий (Kyj). Compare Russian Ки́ев (Kíjev), which in turn is from Кий (Kij). See Kyi, Shchek and Khoryv in Wikipedia.


  • IPA(key): /ˈkiːɪv/, /kiːˈɪv/, /ˈkiːv/

Proper noun


  1. Alternative form of Kiev
    1. A city, the capital, the administrative centre of Kyiv, Ukraine
    2. A province, an oblast of Ukraine. Seat: Kyiv
  2. (metonymically) the Ukrainian government
    • 2022 June 23, Rauhala, Emily; Karina Tsui, “E.U. has backed candidate status for Ukraine. Here’s what that means.”, in The Washington Post[1], archived from the original on 23 June 2022, Europe:
      “Ukraine’s future is within the EU,” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky wrote on Twitter after the decision, describing it as a “unique and historical moment” in Kyiv’s relations with the bloc.
  3. Ellipsis of Kyiv District.; Synonym of Kyivskyi District; An urban district of Donetsk, Donetsk Raion, Donestsk Oblast, officially in Ukraine, in the separatist country of Donetsk
  4. Ellipsis of Kyiv Peninsula.; A peninsula in Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica

Usage notes

This is the official Latin-alphabet place name according to Ukrainian regulations and toponymic databases, and has been adopted in international use since the late 2010s.


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Proper noun

Kyiv f

  1. Rare form of Kiev.