sofiya

Sofia

[soh-fee-uh, soh-fee-uh or for 2, soh-fahy-uh]
noun
1.
Also, Sofiya [Bulgarian saw-fee-yuh] . a city in and the capital of Bulgaria, in the W part.
2.
a female given name.
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Sofia (ˈsəʊfɪə)
 
n
Ancient name: Serdica, Bulgarian name: Sofiya 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)

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Bulgaria
M.L., from Bulgari "Bulgarians," perhaps lit. "the men from the Bolg," the River Volga, upon whose banks they lived until 6c. But the people's name for themselves in O.Bulg. was Blugarinu, according to OED, which suggests a different origin. In other sources, the name is said to be ultimately from Turk.
bulga "mixed," in reference to the nature of this people of Turko-Finnish extraction but Slavic language.
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Bulgaria definition


Republic in southeastern Europe in the eastern part of the Balkan Peninsula, bordered by Romania to the north, the Black Sea to the east, Turkey to the southeast, Greece to the south, and Macedonia and Yugoslavia to the west. Its capital and largest city is Sofia.

Note: Former Eastern Bloc country. Soviet troops entered Bulgaria in 1944, and a communist government was established soon thereafter. Bulgaria's communist rulers followed the Soviet lead for almost fifty years, until the collapse of the Soviet Union. In January 1991, a multiparty government began to institute democratic and economic reforms.
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