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[bawl-kuh n] /ˈbɔl kən/
pertaining to the Balkan States or their inhabitants.
pertaining to the Balkan Peninsula.
pertaining to the Balkan Mountains.
the Balkans. Balkan States.
Origin of Balkan
First recorded in 1825-35
Related forms
Balkanite, noun, adjective
trans-Balkan, adjective

Balkan States

plural noun
the countries in the Balkan Peninsula: Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Slovenia, Serbia, Montenegro, Kosovo, Macedonia, Romania, Bulgaria, Albania, Greece, and the European part of Turkey.
Also called the Balkans. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for balkans
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  • Remind me of the people who live about the foothills of the balkans.

    The Underdog F. Hopkinson Smith
  • Then Fenton had gone to the balkans, on a flying trip in every sense of the word.

    It Happened in Egypt C. N. Williamson
  • From the heights of the lower balkans—as at Sopot—we could see the horizon red.

    The Making Of A Novelist David Christie Murray
  • The balkans are apt to have strange effects on the traveller.

    Bulgaria Frank Fox
  • So far, then, the answer to the question, "Why are the balkans so often at war?"

    Bulgaria Frank Fox
British Dictionary definitions for balkans


of, denoting, or relating to the Balkan States or their inhabitants, the Balkan Peninsula, or the Balkan Mountains

Balkan States

plural noun
the countries of the Balkan Peninsula: the former Yugoslavian Republics, Romania, Bulgaria, Albania, Greece, and the European part of Turkey Also called the Balkans
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Word Origin and History for balkans


probably from Turkic balkan "mountain."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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balkans in Culture

Balkans definition

Major mountain range of the Balkan Peninsula, extending from the eastern portion of the former Yugoslavia through central Bulgaria to the Black Sea.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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