Definition of Russian Revolution in US English:

Russian Revolution

proper noun

  • The revolution in the Russian empire in 1917, in which the tsarist regime was overthrown and replaced by Bolshevik rule under Lenin.

There were two phases to the Revolution: the first, in March (Old Style, February, whence February Revolution), was sparked off by food and fuel shortages during World War I and began with strikes and riots in Petrograd (St Petersburg). The tsar abdicated, and a provisional government was set up. The second phase, in November 1917 (Old Style, October, whence October Revolution), was marked by the seizure of power by the Bolsheviks in a coup led by Lenin. After workers' councils or soviets took power in major cities, the new Soviet constitution was declared in 1918

Pronunciation

Russian Revolution

/ˈrəSHən ˌrevəˈlo͞oSHən/