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[ber-lin, bur-lin] /bərˈlɪn, ˈbɜr lɪn/
a large, four-wheeled, closed carriage hung between two perches and having two interior seats.
Automotive. berline.
(sometimes initial capital letter) Berlin wool.
Origin of berlin
1725-35; after Berlin, Germany; the carriage was allegedly designed about 1670 by an architect of the Elector of Brandenburg


[ber-lin for 1–3, bur-lin for 4, 5; for 3, German ber-leen] /bərˈlɪn for 1–3, ˈbɜr lɪn for 4, 5; for 3, German bɛrˈlin/
Irving, 1888–1989, U.S. songwriter.
Isaiah, 1909–97, English political philosopher and historian, born in Latvia.
the capital of Germany, in the NE part: constitutes a state. 341 sq. mi. (883 sq. km). Formerly (1948-90) divided into a western zone (West Berlin) a part of West Germany; and an eastern zone (East Berlin) the capital of East Germany.
a town in central Connecticut.
a city in N New Hampshire.


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[ber-lin, bur-lin] /bərˈlɪn, ˈbɜr lɪn/
an automobile with the front and rear compartments separated by a glass partition, as some limousines.
From French; See origin at berlin


[jur-muh-nee] /ˈdʒɜr mə ni/
a republic in central Europe: after World War II divided into four zones, British, French, U.S., and Soviet, and in 1949 into East Germany and West Germany; East and West Germany were reunited in 1990. 137,852 sq. mi. (357,039 sq. km).
Capital: Berlin.
German Deutschland.
Formerly Deutsches Reich. Unabridged
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  • Together they lifted berlin and assisted him to the house between them.

    Frank Merriwell's Son Burt L. Standish
  • John is so anxious to attend some great gathering at berlin.

    Floyd Grandon's Honor Amanda Minnie Douglas
  • From Prague, Paganini went to berlin, where he remained four months.

    Nicolo Paganini: His Life and Work Stephen Samuel Stratton
  • The money can be managed, and you shall go to berlin for the winter when you like.'

    Robert Elsmere Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • The latter had no doubt seen them, for the Crown-Prince had brought them with him from berlin.

    The Secrets of Potsdam William Le Queux
British Dictionary definitions for berlin


/bəˈlɪn; ˈbɜːlɪn/
(sometimes capital) Also called berlin wool. a fine wool yarn used for tapestry work, etc
a four-wheeled two-seated covered carriage, popular in the 18th century
a limousine with a glass partition between the front and rear seats
Also called (for senses 2, 3) berline (bəˈliːn; ˈbɜːliːn)
Word Origin
C18: named after Berlin


/bɜːˈlɪn; German bɛrˈliːn/
the capital of Germany (1871–1945 and from 1990), formerly divided (1945–90) into the eastern sector, capital of East Germany, and the western sectors, which formed an exclave in East German territory closely affiliated with West Germany: a wall dividing the sectors was built in 1961 by the East German authorities to stop the flow of refugees from east to west; demolition of the wall began in 1989 and the city was formally reunited in 1990: formerly (1618–1871) the capital of Brandenburg and Prussia. Pop: 3 388 477 (2003 est)


Irving. original name Israel Baline, 1888–1989, US composer and writer of lyrics, born in Russia. His musical comedies include Annie Get Your Gun (1946); his most popular song is White Christmas
Sir Isaiah. 1909–97, British philosopher, born in Latvia, historian, and diplomat. His books include Historical Inevitability (1954) and The Magus of the North (1993)


a country in central Europe: in the Middle Ages the centre of the Holy Roman Empire; dissolved into numerous principalities; united under the leadership of Prussia in 1871 after the Franco-Prussian War; became a republic with reduced size in 1919 after being defeated in World War I; under the dictatorship of Hitler from 1933 to 1945; defeated in World War II and divided by the Allied Powers into four zones, which became established as East and West Germany in the late 1940s; reunified in 1990: a member of the European Union. It is flat and low-lying in the north with plateaus and uplands (including the Black Forest and the Bavarian Alps) in the centre and south. Official language: German. Religion: Christianity, Protestant majority. Currency: euro. Capital: Berlin. Pop: 81 147 265 (2013 est). Area: 357 041 sq km (137 825 sq miles) German name Deutschland Official name Federal Republic of Germany See also East Germany, West Germany related adjective Teutonic
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Word Origin and History for berlin


city in Brandenburg, capital of Germany, traditionally by folk-etymology from German Bär "bear," but likely from a Slavic source, cf. Old Polabian berl-, birl- "swamp," in reference to the old city's location on low, marshy ground along the River Spree. A flashpoint city in the Cold War, the Berlin airlift ran from June 28, 1948 to May 12, 1949. The Berlin Wall began to be built Aug. 15, 1961, and was effective until Nov. 9, 1989.


old type of four-wheeled covered carriage, 1690s, so called because it was introduced in Brandenburg, c.1670; see Berlin. Hence berline (from the French form) "automobile with a glass partition behind the driver's seat." In reference to a type of wool and the popular patterns made for it, from 1841.


c.1300, from Latin Germania, a Roman designation (see German (n.)). In Middle English the place also was called Almaine (early 14c.).

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berlin in Culture

Berlin definition

Capital of reunited Germany, located in the northeastern part of the country.

Note: Formerly the capital of Prussia and then of Germany, Berlin was occupied by American, British, French, and Soviet troops after World War II. Disagreements among the Allies led to the partition of the city, with the Soviet zone becoming East Berlin, and the other zones West Berlin. East Berlin became the capital of the communist German Democratic Republic (East Germany), but West Berlin lost its capital status to Bonn in the Federal Republic of Germany (West Germany).
Note: The Berlin Airlift of 1948–1949 supplied West Berlin by air transport after the Soviet Union set up a land and water blockade in an attempt to gain political control of this noncommunist “island” in the midst of communist East Germany.
Note: The two Berlins were physically separated by the Berlin Wall, a barrier designed to prevent East Germans from crossing into West Berlin, from 1961 to 1989.
Note: With the reunification of the two Germanys in 1990, the reunified city of Berlin was restored to its place as Germany's capital.

Germany definition

Republic in north-central Europe, divided into East Germany and West Germany in 1949 and reunited in 1990. Officially called the Federal Republic of Germany.

Note: Germany was a collection of competing states until it was unified during the second half of the nineteenth century under the leadership of Otto von Bismarck.
Note: Germany's industrial, colonial, and naval expansion was considered a threat by the British and French and was one of the main causes of World War I, in which Germany was badly defeated.
Note: After the defeat of the Nazis in World War II, Germany was divided into four zones occupied by British, French, Soviet, and American forces.
Note: Since reunification Germany has become Europe's leading economic power. (See East Germany and West Germany under “World History since 1550.”)
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