White Russian

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White Russian (not comparable)

  1. Of or relating to Russians with tsarist sympathies in the period directly following the 1917 Revolution.
    • 1979, John Le Carré, Smiley's People, Folio Society 2010, page 340:
      The overseer of the clinic was a White Russian woman, a nun, formerly of the Russian Orthodox community in Jerusalem, but a good-hearted woman. In these cases, we should not be too scrupulous politically, said the priest.
  2. (obsolete) Of or relating to Belarus, literally "White Russia," or its language.


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White Russian (countable and uncountable, plural White Russians)

  1. A cocktail consisting of coffee liqueur, vodka, and milk.
    Synonym: (humorous) Caucasian
    Coordinate term: Black Russian
    • 2015, Shane Carley, The Mason Jar Cocktail Companion, Cider Mill Press (→ISBN), page 15:
      Few cocktails include milk and cream, so the White Russian is a welcome departure from the norm. Already a popular drink in its own right, the White Russian was made famous by Jeff Bridges’ character in “The Big Lebowski.”
  2. (history) A White Guardist, a Russian who supported the tsar in the 1917 Revolution and the Russian Civil War (1917–1923), and afterward.
    • [1935, Leon Dennen, White Guard Terrorists in the U.S.A.[1], New York City: Friends of the Soviet Union, page 18:
      The White Guard colony in Harbin is armed and organized along military lines. At the head of this army of counter-revolution—the shock troops of Japanese imperialism—stands the notorious tsarist bandit, "Ataman" Semionov.]
  3. (obsolete) A Belarusian person.
    Synonyms: (academic) Belarusan, (preferred) Belarusian, (deprecated) Belorussian, (official before 1991) Bielorussian, (deprecated) Byelorussian
  4. (obsolete, uncountable) The Belarusian language.

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