Definition of Ivan in English:


proper noun

  • 1The name of six rulers of Russia.

    1. 1.1Ivan I(c.1304–41), grand duke of Muscovy 1328–40. He strengthened and enlarged the duchy, making Moscow the ecclesiastical capital in 1326.
    2. 1.2Ivan II(1326–59), grand duke of Muscovy 1353–59; known as Ivan the Red.
    3. 1.3Ivan III(1440–1505), grand duke of Muscovy 1462–1505; known as Ivan the Great. He consolidated and enlarged his territory, defending it against a Tartar invasion in 1480.
    4. 1.4Ivan IV(1530–84), grand duke of Muscovy 1533–47 and first tsar of Russia 1547–84; known as Ivan the Terrible. In 1581, Ivan killed his eldest son, Ivan, in a fit of rage; the succession passed to his mentally handicapped second son, Fyodor.
    5. 1.5Ivan V(1666–96), nominal tsar of Russia 1682–96.
    6. 1.6Ivan VI(1740–64), infant tsar of Russia 1740–41.