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Prague

[prahg] /prɑg/
noun
1.
a city in and the capital of the Czech Republic, in the W central part, on the Vltava: formerly capital of Czechoslovakia.
Czech Praha
[prah-hah] /ˈprɑ hɑ/ (Show IPA)
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German Prag.

Czechoslovakia

[chek-uh-sluh-vah-kee-uh, -vak-ee-uh] /ˌtʃɛk ə sləˈvɑ ki ə, -ˈvæk i ə/
noun
1.
a former republic in central Europe: formed after World War I; comprised Bohemia, Moravia, Slovakia, and part of Silesia: a federal republic 1968–92. 49,383 sq. mi. (127,903 sq. km).
Capital: Prague.
none Czechoslovak Soialist Republic.
Related forms
Czechoslovakian, Czecho-Slovakian, adjective, noun
non-Czechoslovakian, adjective, noun
pro-Czechoslovakian, adjective, noun

Czech Republic

noun
1.
a republic in central Europe: includes the regions of Bohemia, Moravia, and part of Silesia; formerly part of Czechoslovakia; independent since 1993. 30,449 sq. mi. (78,864 sq. km).
Capital: Prague.
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British Dictionary definitions for Prague

Prague

/prɑːɡ/
noun
1.
the capital and largest city of the Czech Republic, on the Vltava River: a rich commercial centre during the Middle Ages; site of Charles University (1348) and a technical university (1707); scene of defenestrations (1419 and 1618) that contributed to the outbreak of the Hussite Wars and the Thirty Years' War respectively. Pop: 1 164 000 (2005 est) Czech name Praha

Czechoslovakia

/ˌtʃɛkəʊsləʊˈvækɪə/
noun
1.
a former republic in central Europe: formed after the defeat of Austria-Hungary (1918) as a nation of Czechs in Bohemia and Moravia and Slovaks in Slovakia; occupied by Germany from 1939 until its liberation by the Soviet Union in 1945; became a people's republic under the Communists in 1948; invaded by Warsaw Pact troops in 1968, ending Dubček's attempt to liberalize communism; in 1989 popular unrest led to the resignation of the politburo and the formation of a non-Communist government. It consisted of two federal republics, the Czech Republic and Slovakia, which separated in 1993 Czech name Československo See also Czech Republic, Slovakia

Czech Republic

noun
1.
a country in central Europe; formed part of Czechoslovakia until 1993; mostly wooded, with lowlands surrounding the River Morava, rising to the Bohemian plateau in the W and to highlands in the N; joined the EU in 2004. Language: Czech. Religion: Christian majority. Currency: koruna. Capital Prague. Pop: 10 162 921 (2013 est). Area: 78 864 sq km (30 450 sq miles)
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Word Origin and History for Prague

capital of the Czech Republic, Czech Praha, perhaps from an ancient Slavic word related to Czech pražiti, a term for woodland cleared by burning. Popular etymology is from Czech prah "threshold." Related: Praguean; Praguian.

Czechoslovakia

n.

Central European nation from 1919-1992, from Czecho-, Latinized comb. form of Czech + Slovakia (see Slovak).

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Prague in Culture
Czechoslovakia [(chek-uh-sluh-vah-kee-uh)]

Former republic in central Europe, bordered by Poland to the north, Germany to the north and west, Ukraine to the east, and Austria and Hungary to the south. Its capital and largest city was Prague.

Note: Communists seized complete control of the government in 1948. During the 1960s, a movement toward liberalization effected many democratizing reforms. An alarmed Soviet Union, along with its Warsaw Pact allies, put an abrupt end to the movement by invading Prague in 1968.
Note: Czechoslovakia was created by the union of the Czech lands and Slovakia, which took place in 1918, as the Austro-Hungarian Empire fell apart.
Note: The Munich Pact partitioned Czechoslovakia in 1938, giving one of its regions, the Sudetenland, to Germany in an attempt to avoid war.
Note: The country surrendered to German control in 1939 and was liberated by American and Soviet forces at the end of World War II.
Note: The communist government, confronted by mass pro-democracy demonstrations, resigned in 1989. In 1991, the last Soviet troops left the country. The end of communist rule resulted in the split of the republic into two independent states, The Czech Republic and Slovakia, in 1993.
Prague [(prahg)]

Capital of The Czech Republic, situated on both banks of the Vltava River; the republic's largest city, as well as its most important industrial city; a leading European industrial and commercial center.

Note: From the fourteenth to the early seventeenth centuries, the emperors of the Holy Roman Empire resided at Prague as well as at Vienna.
Note: In 1968, Prague was the center of Czech resistance to invasion by the Soviet Union.
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