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[an-uh-toh-lee-uh] /ˌæn əˈtoʊ li ə/
a vast plateau between the Black and the Mediterranean seas: in ancient usage, synonymous with the peninsula of Asia Minor; in modern usage, applied to Turkey in Asia.
Compare Asia Minor. Unabridged
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  • You know the coast of Anatolia probably better than anyone else here.

    At Aboukir and Acre George Alfred Henty
  • Turkish rugs are made almost wholly in Asia Minor or Anatolia.

    Commercial Geography

    Jacques W. Redway
  • The Turks of Anatolia had many valuable qualities as soldiers.

  • He was an old peasant from Anatolia, or I would not have dared this.

    The Secrets of a Kuttite Edward O. Mousley
  • The one was established in China, the other in Syria and in Anatolia.

    Origin of Cultivated Plants Alphonse De Candolle
  • "We conquered Anatolia, and never opened our mouths," rejoined his companion.

    The Rise of Iskander Benjamin Disraeli
  • The seller in the picture is not, however, an Albanian, but a Turk from Anatolia.

    Turkey Julius R. Van Millingen
  • But I think the vast size of Anatolia was rather a surprise to us all.

  • It means a good deal when you are in the middle of Anatolia.

British Dictionary definitions for Anatolia


the Asian part of Turkey, occupying the peninsula between the Black Sea, the Mediterranean, and the Aegean: consists of a plateau, largely mountainous, with salt lakes in the interior Historical name Asia Minor
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Word Origin and History for Anatolia

ancient name of Asia Minor, from Medieval Latin Anatolia, from Greek anatole "the east," originally "sunrise" (which of course happens in the east), literally "a rising above (the horizon)," from anatellein "to rise," from ana "up" (see ana-) + tellein "to accomplish, perform."

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