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[koh-puh n-hey-guh n, -hah-, koh-puh n-hey-, -hah-] /ˌkoʊ pənˈheɪ gən, -ˈhɑ-, ˈkoʊ pənˌheɪ-, -ˌhɑ-/
a seaport in and the capital of Denmark, on the E coast of Zealand.
Danish København.


[den-mahrk] /ˈdɛn mɑrk/
a kingdom in N Europe, on the Jutland peninsula and adjacent islands. 16,576 sq. mi. (42,930 sq. km).
Capital: Copenhagen.
Related forms
pro-Denmark, adjective Unabridged
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  • At Copenhagen, where they called at the court, they created quite a sensation.

  • His expedition, which left Copenhagen in 1761, lasted six years.

    Ancient Man Hendrik Willem van Loon
  • Here, as in Copenhagen, I noticed boys of ten to twelve years of age among the drummers, and in the bands of the military.

    Visit to Iceland Ida Pfeiffer
  • The Thorwaldsen Gallery of Copenhagen had ever dazzled his imagination.

    In the Heart of Vosges Matilda Betham-Edwards
  • Stockholm is the centre of the social and literary activity of Scandinavia, hardly second in these respects to Copenhagen.

British Dictionary definitions for Copenhagen


/ˌkəʊpənˈheɪɡən; -ˈhɑː-; ˈkəʊpənˌheɪ-; -ˌhɑː-/
the capital of Denmark, a port on Zealand and the Amager Islands on a site inhabited for some 6000 years: exports chiefly agricultural products; iron and steel works; university (1479). Pop: 501 664 (2004 est) Danish name København


a kingdom in N Europe, between the Baltic and the North Sea: consists of the mainland of Jutland and about 100 inhabited islands (chiefly Zealand, Lolland, Funen, Falster, Langeland, and Bornholm); extended its territory throughout the Middle Ages, ruling Sweden until 1523 and Norway until 1814, and incorporating Greenland as a province from 1953 to 1979; joined the Common Market (now the EU) in 1973; an important exporter of dairy produce. Language: Danish. Religion: Christian, Lutheran majority. Currency: krone. Capital: Copenhagen. Pop: 5 556 452 (2013 est). Area: 43 031 sq km (16 614 sq miles) Danish name Danmark, related adjective Danish
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Word Origin and History for Copenhagen

capital of Denmark, literally "merchant's port," from Danish køber "merchant," literally "buyer" (see cheap (adj.)), + havn "port" (see haven).


from Dane, the people's name, + Danish mark "border" (see mark (n.1)).

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Copenhagen in Culture

Copenhagen definition

Capital of Denmark and largest city in the country, located in eastern Denmark; the country's chief commercial, industrial, and cultural center.

Note: Called the “Paris of the north” because of its similar charm.

Denmark definition

Constitutional monarchy in northern Europe, bordered by the North Sea to the west, the Skagerrak and the Kattegat Straits to the north, the Baltic Sea to the east, and Germany to the south.

Note: Denmark became a member of NATO in 1949, breaking its tradition of neutrality.
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