Russian Vocabulary (and Wisdom)

How to say "minute" in Russian

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Meaning: minute, moment

Pronunciation: [mee-NOO-tah]

Part of speech: noun (feminine noun)

Rank: #199 (see frequency list)

One-minute time span is marked on the clock.
 Example sentences:
  • В одно́й мину́те шестьдеся́т секу́нд.
  • There are sixty seconds in one minute.
  • Сейча́с де́сять мину́т второ́го.
  • It's ten minutes past one.
  •  literal  Now ten minutes of the second hour.
  • Пожа́луйста, подожди́те мину́ту.
  • Wait a minute, please. / One moment, please. (polite)
  • В одно́м ча́се шестьдеся́т мину́т.
  • There are sixty minutes in one hour.
  • На мину́ту все замолча́ли. (А. Чехов)
  • Everyone was silent for a space. (A. Chekhov)
  • Го́сти бу́дут с мину́ты на мину́ту.
  • The guests will arrive any minute.
  • О чём вы ду́маете в да́нную мину́ту?
  • What are you thinking about right now? (formal or plural)
  • Моско́вское вре́мя ноль часо́в, ноль мину́т.
  • Moscow time is 00:00. (12:00 a.m. start of day)
  •  literal  Moscow time zero hours, zero minutes.
  • Он бу́дет че́рез де́сять мину́т.
  • He'll be here in ten minutes.
  • Прошло́ пять мину́т.
  • Five minutes have passed.
  • Одну́ мину́ту!
  • One moment, please!
  •  literal  [Wait] one minute!
  • С ка́ждой мину́той в ко́мнате станови́лось всё бо́льше люде́й.
  • Every minute the room was getting filled with more and more people.
  • В да́нную мину́ту я не гото́в.
  • I'm not ready at the moment. (said by a male)

 Idioms and set expressions:
  • с минуты на минуту = any minute
      literal  from minute to minute
  • Мину́ту внима́ния! = Attention, please!
      literal  A minute of attention!
  • в данную минуту = at the moment; right now
      literal  in given minute
  • минута в минуту = on the dot; exactly
      literal  minute into minute
  • в одну минуту = in no time
      literal  in one minute
  • Я не спал ни минуты. = I haven’t slept a wink.
      literal  I haven't slept a minute.
  • Одну минуту! = One moment!; Just a minute!
  • минуты убегают = the minutes are ticking by
      literal  the minutes are running away
  • в трудную минуту = in an hour of need; in state of emergency; in hot water
      literal  in a tough minute
 Related words:
  • минутка = a minute, moment (diminutive)
 Proverbs and sayings:
  • Из минут час складывается.
  • Minutes make hours.
 Other forms of the word (declensions):
Case Singular Plural
Phrase recordings: Copyright(c) 2011 All rights reserved.
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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