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Russian word of the day: Обычай

Mar 30, 2019 (see all)
[ a-bý-chaî ]
Noun , masculine
custom, habit, practice, usage
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  • Э́тот обы́чай пришёл к нам из глубины́ веко́в.

    é-tat a-bý-chaî pree-shól k nam eez glu-bee-ný vee-kof

    This custom came to us from ancient days.

  • По дре́внему обы́чаю хлеб-соль подноси́ли дороги́м гостя́м в знак глубо́кого уваже́ния.

    pa dryév-nee-mu a-bý-cha-yu hlep-sol' pad-na-sée-lee da-ra-géem gas-tyám v znak glu-bó-ka-va u-va-zhé-nee ya

    According to the ancient custom, bread and salt were offered to dear guests as a sign of deep respect.

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Declension of the word обычай

Case Singular Plural
Nominative Nom. обы́чай обы́чаи
Genitive Gen. обы́чая обы́чаев
Dative Dat. обы́чаю обы́чаям
Accusative Acc. обы́чай обы́чаи
Instrumental Inst. обы́чаем обы́чаями
Prepositional Prep. обы́чае обы́чаях

Same stem words

обы́чно [a-bých-na] Adverb
usually; normally, ordinarily

Additional examples

  • Э́тот обы́чай так понра́вился горожа́нам, что они́ ста́ли устана́вливать ёлки в свои́х дома́х.

    é-tat a-bý-chaî tak pan-rá-veel-sya ga-ra-zhá-nam, chto a-née stá-lee us-ta-náv-lee-vat' yól-kee v sva-éeh da-máh

    The townspeople liked this custom so much that they began to install Christmas trees in their homes.

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