Russian Vocabulary (and Wisdom)

How to say "village" in Russian

This Russian word is one of the top 1000 words in Russian. The complete list of most common Russian words is available here.


Meaning: village, countryside

Pronunciation: [dee-RYEHV-nya]

Part of speech: noun (feminine noun)

Rank: #550 (see frequency list)

I was born in a village.
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 Example sentences:
  • Мы éдем в дерéвню э́тим лéтом.
  • We are going to the village this summer.
  • Фëдор всю жизнь прожи́л в дерéвне.
  • Fiodor lived all his life in a village.
  • Ты что предпочитáeшь, гóрод или дерéвню?
  • What do you prefer, city of countryside?
  • Я рóдом из дерéвни.
  • I was born in a village.
  • В Карéлии мнóго мáленьких деревéнь.
  • There're a lot of small villages in Karelia.
  • Не хочу́ я éхать в э́ту глуху́ю дерéвню!
  • I don't want to go to this remote village!
  •  literal  I don't want to go to this deaf village!
  • И в городáх, и в деревня́х говори́ли об э́той нóвости.
  • In towns and in villages they were discussing the news.
  •  literal  In towns and in villages they were speaking about the news.
  • Вся дерéвня сейчác пересели́лась в городá.
  • All the rural population has moved to the cities now.
  •  literal  All the village has moved to the cities now.
  • Онá пи́шет рабóту о бы́те росси́йской дерéвни.
  • She's writing a paper about the Russian village everyday life.
  • Ах ты, дерéвня! Опять нá ногу наступи́л!
  • Hey, you, yokel! You've stepped on my feet once more!
  •  literal  Hey, you, village! You've stepped on my feet once more!

 Idioms and set expressions:
  • олимпи́йская дерéвня = Olympic village
  • на дерéвню дéдушке = without a precise address
      literal  to the village to my Grandad
  • дерéвня! = yokel!
      literal  village!
 Related words:
  • деревéнский = village (adjective)
  • деревéнька = small village
  • деревéнщина = yokel, village idiot
  • cелó = big village
 Proverbs and sayings:
  • Что гóрод, то нóров, что дерéвня, то обы́чай.
  • Every town has its own character and every village, its own tradition.
  • Гóрод - цáрство, а дерéвня - рай.
  • Town is kingdom and village is paradise.
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Word recordings: Copyright(c) 2006 Streit Goulnara, Streit Eric, Vion Nicolas. Copyright(c) 2007 S. Sakhno, N. Vion. Distributed under CC-BY.

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