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[krahy-mee-uh, kri-] /kraɪˈmi ə, krɪ-/
the, a peninsula in SE Ukraine, between the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov.
a former autonomous republic of the Soviet Union, now a region of Ukraine. About 10,000 sq. mi. (25,900 sq. km).
Russian Krim, Krym.
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Crimean, adjective Unabridged
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  • The only gun in place at the castle was an obsolete piece that had seen service in the crimean War.

  • The Turkish Umpire stronger than at any time since the crimean war.

    The Grand Old Man Richard B. Cook
  • It was a crimean war medal which its owner was once proud to wear.

    A Daughter of the Vine Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
  • The crimean war was now deplored as a calamity, if not a crime.

    Historical and Political Essays William Edward Hartpole Lecky
  • The naval review at Spithead, upon the close of the crimean war in 1856, was the greatest up to that time.

    James Watt Andrew Carnegie
British Dictionary definitions for crimean


of or relating to the Crimea or its inhabitants
a native or inhabitant of the Crimea


a peninsula and autonomous region in Ukraine between the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov: a former autonomous republic of the Soviet Union (1921–45), part of the Ukrainian SSR from 1945 until 1991 Russian name Krym
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Crimea [(kreye-mee-uh, kruh-mee-uh)]

Peninsula in the extreme southern Ukraine, bordered by the Black Sea to the east, south, and west.

Note: As a former part of the Russian empire, Crimea was one of the strongholds of opposition to the Soviet government after the Russian Revolution.
Note: It was occupied by German troops from 1941 to 1945.
Note: The Crimean War of the 1850s, fought between Russian forces and the allied armies of Britain, France, Turkey, and Sardinia, was the scene of the battle described in “The Charge of the Light Brigade.”
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