Balkans

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English[edit]

Balkan peninsula (as defined by the Danube-Sava-Kupa line)
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Etymology[edit]

Of Turkic origin. Compare Turkish balkan (wooded mountain range).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈbɔːl.kənz/, /ˈbɒl.kənz/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈbɑl.kənz/, /ˈbɔl.kənz/

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Balkans

  1. A geographical region in the southeast of Europe, roughly equivalent to the area covered by Serbia, Montenegro, Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Slovenia, Kosovo, Croatia, Bulgaria, Albania, Greece and sometimes Romania.
    • 2002 — Dennis P. Hupchick, The Balkans: From Constantinople to Communism, p104
      As the Ottomans' victories in the Balkans multiplied, increasing numbers of Anatolian warriors flocked to their ranks, and their territorial conquests grew.

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Used with the definite article the.

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German[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈbalkaːns/
  • Hyphenation: Bal‧kans

Proper noun[edit]

Balkans

  1. genitive singular of Balkan