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Balkan

[bawl-kuh n] /ˈbɔl kən/
adjective
1.
pertaining to the Balkan States or their inhabitants.
2.
pertaining to the Balkan Peninsula.
3.
pertaining to the Balkan Mountains.
noun
4.
the Balkans. Balkan States.
Origin
1825-1835
1825-35
Related forms
Balkanite, noun, adjective
trans-Balkan, adjective

Balkan States

plural noun
1.
the countries in the Balkan Peninsula: Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Slovenia, Serbia, Montenegro, Kosovo, Macedonia, Romania, Bulgaria, Albania, Greece, and the European part of Turkey.
Also called the Balkans.
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  • In production of steel and steel products per capita the country heads the balkans.
British Dictionary definitions for balkans

Balkan

/ˈbɔːlkən/
adjective
1.
of, denoting, or relating to the Balkan States or their inhabitants, the Balkan Peninsula, or the Balkan Mountains

Balkan States

plural noun
1.
the countries of the Balkan Peninsula: the former Yugoslavian Republics, Romania, Bulgaria, Albania, Greece, and the European part of Turkey Also called the Balkans
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Word Origin and History for balkans

Balkans

probably from Turkic balkan "mountain."

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balkans in Culture

Balkans definition


Major mountain range of the Balkan Peninsula, extending from the eastern portion of the former Yugoslavia through central Bulgaria to the Black Sea.

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