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Longest words in Russian

You most probably already know now that Russian language is full of surprises: first, Cyrillic, then a challenging grammar with lots of exceptions, etc. In order to entertain you a little, we offer you an interesting task – try to read and say the longest words in Russian. According to the Guinness Book of Records […]

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Longest words in Russian

News and interesting facts, Russian language, culture, history, traditions

Longest Words in RussianYou most probably already know now that Russian language is full of surprises: first, Cyrillic, then a challenging grammar with lots of exceptions, etc. In order to entertain you a little, we offer you an interesting task – try to read and say the longest words in Russian.

According to the Guinness Book of Records published in 1993, the longest Russian word was:

  • Рентгеноэлектрокардиографического (33 letters, a masculine adjective in Genitive case)
    [ryen-tgye-na-e-lyek-tra-kar-deea-gra-FEE-chyes-ka-va]

Рентгеноэлектрокардиографического

It is a medical term which means “X-ray electrocardiographic” in English.

In  2003 the Guinness Book of Records published another longest word in Russian:

  • Превысокомногорассмотрительствующий (35 letters, a masculine adjective)
    [prye-vi-so-ka-mno-ga-ras-mat-REE-tyel’-stvoo-yoo-sheey]

Превысокомногорассмотрительствующий

This word means a polite form of address to highest rank officials in the 19th century Russia, similar to Your Majesty.

Let’s look at some more examples. According to the Dictionary of Russian Spelling, another longest word in Russian is:

  • Cельскохозяйственно-машиностроительный (38 letters, a masculine adjective)
    [syel’-ska-ha-ZYAYS-tvye-na-ma-shee-na-stra-ee-tyel’-niy]

Cельскохозяйственно-машиностроительный

It means “agricultural machine building” in English.

Here are some more words you might find interesting:

  • Водогрязеторфопарафинолечение (29 letters, a masculine noun)
    [vo-da-grya-zye-tor-fa-pa-ra-fee-na-lee-CHYE-nee-ye] treatment with water, mud, peat and paraffin

Водогрязеторфопарафинолечение

  • Частнопредпринимательского (26 letters, a masculine adjective)
    [chas-tna-pryed-pree-nee-MA-tyel’-ska-va] owned by a businessman or an entrepreneur

Водогрязеторфопарафинолечение

  • Переосвидетельствующимися (25 letters, a participle)
    [pye-rye-as-vee-DYE-tyel’-stvoo-yoo-shee-mee-sya] derived from the word “reexamine”

Частнопредпринимательского

  • Субстанционализирующимися (25 letters, a participle)
    [soop-stan-tsee-a-na-lee-ZEE-roo-yoo-shee-mee-sya] derived from the word “substantialize”

Субстанционализирующимися

  • Интернационализирующимися (25 letters, a participle)
    [eenter-na-tsee-a-na-lee-ZEE-roo-yoo-shee-mee-sya] derived from the word “internationalize”

Интернационализирующимися

We hope you won’t get frightened of these examples of long Russian words. No need to worry! Not all Russian words are that long. However, you will most probably come across many other interesting and funny Russian words when you learn Russian language.

We’d like to ask you to share your experience about what long or interesting Russian words you have already come across? Do you know any long words in other languages?

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