From Old Russian ukraina ‘border region’, from u ‘at, beside’ + kraĭ ‘edge, border’. (Source:

Definitions of Ukraine



  1. a republic in southeastern Europe: rich agricultural and industrial region. 223,090 sq. mi. (603,700 sq. km). Capital: Kyiv.
  2. a republic in SE Europe, on the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov: ruled by the Khazars (7th–9th centuries), by Ruik princes with the Mongol conquest in the 13th century, then by Lithuania, by Poland, and by Russia; one of the four original republics that formed the Soviet Union in 1922; unilaterally declared independence in 1990, which was recognized in 1991. Consists chiefly of lowlands; economy based on rich agriculture and mineral resources and on the major heavy industries of the Donets Basin. Official language: Ukrainian; Russian is also widely spoken. Religion: believers are mainly Christian. Currency: hryvna. Capital: Kiev. Pop: 44 573 205 (2013 est). Area: 603 700 sq km (231 990 sq miles)


proper noun

  1. A country in eastern Europe, to the north of the Black Sea; population 44,800,000 (estimated 2015); official language, Ukrainian; capital, Kiev.

Example sentences for Ukraine

  1. Instead, spa hotels filled up with over 30,000 refugees from the war-troubled Donbas region of eastern Ukraine.
  2. While the world fixated on Ukraine and Syria, a near-genocide ripped through central Africa, to little international fanfare.
  3. At least 70 percent of the children were adopted from overseas, including Russia, China, Ethiopia and Ukraine.
  4. Putin, because of his acts in Ukraine, he lost Russkiy Mir as a phenomenon.
  5. “The events this year with Ukraine led to his ties with Cato being severed,” a source at the think tank told The Daily Beast.
  6. The Swedish army spent a wretched winter in the Ukraine, and Charles lost half his men by hunger and cold.
  7. My mistake, I realized, had been in forgetting for the moment the existence of that newly-made-in-Germany republic the Ukraine.
  8. There were great delights at that time in the Ukraine for all valiant souls.
  9. A dispatch, dated May 10, announced the beginning of peace negotiations between Russia and the Ukraine.
  10. Statistics show that during the spring and summer of 1918 42,000 wagon-loads were received from the Ukraine.

Nearby words

Ukiah , UKIP , ukiyo-e , UK Overseas Territory , Ukr. , Ukrainian , ukulele , UL , ʿulama , ulan

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