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Sofia

[soh-fee-uh, soh-fee-uh or for 2, soh-fahy-uh] /ˈsoʊ fi ə, soʊˈfi ə or for 2, soʊˈfaɪ ə/
noun
1.
Also, Sofiya
[Bulgarian saw-fee-yuh] /Bulgarian ˈsɔ fi yə/ (Show IPA)
. a city in and the capital of Bulgaria, in the W part.
2.
a female given name.
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British Dictionary definitions for sofiya

Sofia

/ˈsəʊfɪə/
noun
1.
the capital of Bulgaria, in the west: colonized by the Romans in 29 ad; became capital of Bulgaria in 1879; university (1880). Pop: 1 045 000 (2005 est) Ancient name Serdica Bulgarian name Sofiya (ˈsɔfiˌja)
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Word Origin and History for sofiya

Sofia

Bulgarian capital, Roman Serdica, from the Thracian Serdi people who lived thereabouts. Conquered by the Bulgarians 9c. who altered the name by folk-etymology to Sredeti, which in their tongue meant "center, middle." It got its current name 14c. when the Turks conquered it and converted the 6c. church of St. Sophia into a mosque; the name thence extended to the whole city.

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