Definition of White Russian in US English:

White Russian


  • 1dated A Belorussian.

    • ‘The grammatical treatises of the time..are mainly the work of non-Russian scholars - White Russians and Ukrainians.’
  • 2An opponent of the Bolsheviks during the Russian Civil War.

    • ‘Perhaps this mixture comes from her background - her grandfather was a White Russian (her real name is Ilyena Lydia Mironoff), her mother a working-class English girl from Pimlico.’
  • 3A cocktail made of vodka, coffee liqueur, and milk served on ice.

    • ‘At one point a couple came in, ordered drinks - a White Russian for him, champagne for her.’
    • ‘I had never actually had a White Russian before that night.’
    • ‘I do not drink any cocktails more complicated than Jack and Coke or a White Russian.’
    • ‘As per your suggestion, I had a stiff Tom Collins, followed by some White Russians and a few shooters.’
    • ‘Lowtax prepared a White Russian and a bowl of chili for himself.’
    • ‘‘She'd love a White Russian,’ Ally called from across the table.’
    • ‘Jonnie Daniels tells me a White Russian is equal quantities of Vodka, Kahlua and milk.’
    • ‘Fill your glass with a milk- or cream-based drink such as a White Russian, which packs a 10.8-gram protein punch with 262 calories per serving.’
    • ‘Benji even showed me how to make a White Russian his way.’
    • ‘Uninspiring liquor coffees and cocktails are available from €5 to €7.50, and they might even do you a White Russian if you ask nicely.’
    • ‘Phil Pearce and Jim Baron in Nottingham want to know the ingredients of a White Russian.’
    • ‘I order a White Russian and he orders another Sex on the Beach.’


  • 1Belorussian.

    • ‘In the latter part of the seventeenth century the influence of the White Russian and Ukrainian scholars and writers began to be felt.’
    1. 1.1 Relating to the opponents of the Bolsheviks.
      • ‘During the Russian Revolution Boris joined the anti-communist White Russian navy.’
      • ‘Dunne, a silver-voiced soprano with aristocratic pretensions equal to any White Russian, had a great time in the role.’
      • ‘Its leader was a German Jew, Richard Kauder, who worked with two White Russian émigrés, Anton Turkul and Ilya Lang.’
      • ‘Among this latter group, one of MI5's undercover women agents found a White Russian refugee woman who had befriended a cipher clerk in the US embassy in London, called Tyler Kent.’
      • ‘By the end of 1930s, the Corps was an international force, with American, English, Scottish, Chinese, Italian, Jewish, Portuguese, Filipino and White Russian units.’
      • ‘The troops were withdrawn in a leapfrogging operation, which ended on 27 September, leaving the head of the Archangel government, a White Russian general called Miller, to his fate.’


White Russian

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