Great-russian meaning

A Russian. Used formerly in distinguishing ethnic Russians from other constituent peoples of the Soviet Union or the Russian Empire.
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The Russian language, as distinguished from Ukrainian and Belorussian, the other two East Slavic languages.
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(obsolete) The Russian language, when considered to be mutually intelligible with the Ukrainian ("Little Russian") and Belarusian ("White Russian") languages.
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Origin of great-russian

  • Translation of Russian Velikorusskiĭ velikiĭ great russkiĭ Russian

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition