Main definitions of Ivan in US English:

: Ivan1Ivan2

Ivan1

proper noun

  • 1The name of six rulers of Russia.

    1. 1.1 Ivan I (c.1304–41), grand duke of Muscovy 1328–40. He strengthened and enlarged the duchy, making Moscow the ecclesiastical capital in 1326.
    2. 1.2 Ivan II (1326–59), grand duke of Muscovy 1353–59; known as Ivan the Red.
    3. 1.3 Ivan 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. 1.4 Ivan 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. 1.5 Ivan V (1666–96), nominal tsar of Russia 1682–96.
    6. 1.6 Ivan VI (1740–64), infant tsar of Russia 1740–41.

Pronunciation

Ivan

/ˈaɪvən//ˈīvən/

Main definitions of Ivan in US English:

: Ivan1Ivan2

Ivan2

noun

informal
  • A Russian man, especially a Russian soldier.

    as name ‘the story back then was that Ivan lost a sub and we were out to help them find it’
    • ‘Foreign observers were greatly impressed with Ivan's firepower.’
    • ‘You're not the select few we need against the Ivans.’
    • ‘The Ivans showed no hospitality towards simple soldiers.’
    • ‘Don't you know the Ivans throw women in their ranks and dress them like soldiers to fight us?’
    • ‘He was famous for using maximum discipline whenever possible, just to keep the quavering Ivans in line.’

Pronunciation

Ivan

/ˈaɪvən//ˈīvən/