Definition of Great Russian in US English:

Great Russian

noun & adjective

  • former term for Russian (language and people), as distinguished from other peoples and languages of the old Russian Empire
    • ‘Thirteen bishops of Great Russian origin and merely two Ukrainian hierarchs were consecrated in the 1760s.’
    • ‘But when nostalgia for the old Russian Empire crept in, it became a kind of Great Russian chauvinism.’
    • ‘The shift away from Great Russian bishops generated conflicts with the incumbent episcopate, the parish clergy, and the laity.’
    • ‘‘He's known as the Great Russian composer, but his roots were in fact Ukrainian,’ she explains.’
    • ‘The interests of the freedom of the Great Russian population require a struggle against such oppression.’