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1560s. From Pole +‎ land, from German Pole, singular of Polen, from Polish Polanie (Poles, literally field dwellers), from Proto-Slavic *poľane, plural of *poľaninъ (field dweller), from *poľe (field) + *-ěninъ, ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *pleh₂- (flat, wide).


  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈpəʊ.lənd/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈpoʊ.lənd/
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  1. A country in Eastern or Central Europe, (varies with sources). Official name: Republic of Poland
    • 1978, Nixon, Richard, RN: the Memoirs of Richard Nixon[1], Grosset & Dunlap, →ISBN, LCCN 77-87793, OCLC 760525066, OL 7561812M, page 213:
      After leaving the Soviet Union, we made a brief visit to one of the captive nations — Poland.[...]A quarter of a million people turned out that Sunday. Despite the presence of Soviet troops, and the fact that they share a common border with the Soviet Union, on that Sunday the people of Poland demonstrated dramatically not only their friendship for the United States but also their detestation of their Communist rulers and Soviet neighbors.
    • 2005, Clinton, Bill, My Life[2], volume II, New York: Vintage Books, →ISBN, OCLC 60594427, pages 185-186:
      The next stop was Warsaw, to meet with President Lech Walesa and emphasize my commitment to bringing Poland into NATO. Walesa had become a hero, and free Poland's natural choice for president, by leading the Gdansk-shipyard workers' revolt against communism more than a decade earlier. He was deeply suspicious of Russia and wanted Poland in NATO as soon as possible. He also wanted more American investment in Poland, saying the country's future required more American generals, "starting with General Motors and General Electric."


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