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Dresden

[drez-duh n; German dreys-duh n] /ˈdrɛz dən; German ˈdreɪs dən/
noun
1.
the capital of Saxony in E Germany, on the Elbe River.

Saxony

[sak-suh-nee] /ˈsæk sə ni/
noun
1.
a state in E central Germany. 6561 sq. mi. (16,990 sq. km).
Capital: Dresden.
2.
a former state of the Weimar Republic in E central Germany. 5788 sq. mi. (14,990 sq. km).
Capital: Dresden.
3.
a medieval division of N Germany with varying boundaries: extended at its height from the Rhine to E of the Elbe.
German Sachsen;
French Saxe.
Related forms
Saxonian
[sak-soh-nee-uh n] /sækˈsoʊ ni ən/ (Show IPA),
noun, adjective
Saxonic
[sak-son-ik] /sækˈsɒn ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for Dresden

Dresden

/ˈdrɛzdən/
noun
1.
an industrial city in SE Germany, the capital of Saxony on the River Elbe: it was severely damaged in the Seven Years' War (1760); the baroque city was almost totally destroyed in World War II by Allied bombing (1945). Pop: 483 632 (2003 est)
adjective
2.
relating to, designating, or made of Dresden china

saxony

/ˈsæksənɪ/
noun
1.
a fine 3-ply yarn used for knitting and weaving
2.
a fine woollen fabric used for coats, etc
Word Origin
C19: named after Saxony, where it was produced

Saxony

/ˈsæksənɪ/
noun
1.
a state in E Germany, formerly part of East Germany. Pop: 4 321 000 (2003 est)
2.
a former duchy and electorate in SE and central Germany, whose territory changed greatly over the centuries
3.
(in the early Middle Ages) any territory inhabited or ruled by Saxons
German name Sachsen French name Saxe
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Dresden in Culture
Dresden [(drez-duhn)]

City in eastern Germany on the Elbe River.

Note: Dresden was a leading center of German music, art, and architecture for three centuries, until it was severely damaged by Allied bombing in World War II.
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