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Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

masc. proper name; see Olga.


Oleg , Oleh , or Aleh is a Slavic given name. It derives from the Old NorseHelgi ( Helge), meaning "holy", "sacred", or "blessed". The feminine equivalent is Olga.

Russian Pronunciation

Russian pronunciation of Oleg in English is based on the transliteration of the Cyrillic alphabet, and hides three combined quirks of spoken (as opposed to written) Russian:

  1. The stress is on the second syllable. In spoken Russian, the initial short unstressed 'O' is pronounced 'A' as in 'about', like 'Al-ég': however...
  2. Written Russian 'e' is pronounced 'ye' as in 'yeti', like 'Al-yég': however...
  3. A written final 'г' (hard g as in 'gun') is pronounced 'k', with the correct result 'Al-yék'.

Thus, rather than 'Oh-leg', the proper pronunciation of Oleg in English most closely resembles the name Alec. But you should be careful since such pronunciation is valid only when you are referring to Russian guys with the name 'Oleg'.

Ukrainian Pronunciation

Ukrainian pronunciation of the name Олег is different from Russian, though the same Cyrillic letters are used in writing. Ukrainian Олег becomes Oleh in English according to the transliteration rules and the name is pronounced as |ɔːlˈeh| (with unstressed |ɔːl| and stressed |ˈe|, like in already and |h| like in help).

Oleg (ship)

At least two ships of the Imperial Russian Navy have been named Oleg.

  • - 51-gun frigate accidentally rammed by the in 1869.

  • - protected cruiser that participated in the Russo-Japanese War and World War I. Sunk by a British motor torpedo boat in 1919 and subsequently scrapped.

Oleg (dance)

Oleg (also Oleg Tamulilingan or Oleg Tambulilingan), often identified as "the dance of the bumblebees", is a form of dance in Bali, Indonesia. It is a dance of love.

Usage examples of "oleg".

Being alone with Oleg in the cellar where no one else could hear made her feel very uncomfortable.

Major General Oleg Kalugin was deputy chief of the KGB station at the Soviet embassy in Washington.

KGB Major General Oleg Kalugin, who defected to the United States and now lives in Washington, disagrees.

Oleg himself reads only Altaian and the principal Betelgeusean language.

He had to consider that when Oleg ended up breaking the axe handle and burying the head so deep that it took a few minutes to work it out.

Years before, Ferndale had done his time in the field, and had assisted in the exhaustive debriefings of Oleg Penkovsky when the Russian defector visited Britain while accompany­ing Soviet trade delegations.

Years before, Ferndale had done his time in the field, and had assisted in the exhaustive debriefings of Oleg Penkovsky when the Russian defector visited Britain while accompany-ing Soviet trade delegations.

That time Oleg was clearly done and leapt to his feet, getting behind the sweeping head and throwing the bull with a massive heave.

Oleg walked to the baggage car and oversaw the transfer of his bags to the two-wheel hand truck.

Oleg would be there, the irritating portable cassette-player in his lap, narrow headphones at his ears, passing the time with Mahler and modern jazz while he awaited his arrival.

They'd all heard the stories of the Imperial court, where Oleg lost himself in a neurally fed virtual world of erotic fantasy while conspiracy and intrigue ran unchecked.

If that went well, he'd wear his reddest tie and take the message from Oleg Ivan'ch, set up the next face-to-face and go for ward with the operation.

He was yet another former KGB officer, part then of the Third Chief Directorate, which had been a hybrid department of the former spy agency, tasked to overseeing the former Soviet military, and also to overseeing certain special operations of the latter force, like the Spetsnaz, Oleg Provalov knew.