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[bon; German bawn] /bɒn; German bɔn/
a city in W Germany, on the Rhine: seat of the government; former capital of West Germany.

West Germany

a former republic in central Europe: created in 1949 by the coalescing of the British, French, and U.S. zones of occupied Germany established in 1945. 96,025 sq. mi. (248,706 sq. km).
Capital: Bonn.
Compare Germany.
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West German, adjective, noun Unabridged
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  • Write from Verviers or Bonn; you'll have lots of time on the road.

    That Boy Of Norcott's Charles James Lever
  • If he asks you whether you are going to the Elector's ball at Bonn, say yes!

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  • The 25th was the last day on which he could leave Bonn to catch the requisite steamer.

    Lost Edward Bellamy
  • On reaching Bonn, he went straight from the station to the old house in ———strasse.

    Lost Edward Bellamy
  • I think that, perhaps, they are going back to Bonn in small boats.

    Rollo on the Rhine

    Jacob Abbott
British Dictionary definitions for Bonn


/bɒn; German bɔn/
a city in W Germany, in North Rhine-Westphalia on the Rhine: the former capital (1949–90) of West Germany; university (1786). Pop: 311 052 (2003 est)

West Germany

a former republic in N central Europe, on the North Sea: established in 1949 from the zones of Germany occupied by the British, Americans, and French after the defeat of Nazi Germany; a member of the European Community; reunited with East Germany in 1990 Official name Federal Republic of Germany See also Germany
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Bonn in Culture
Bonn [(bon)]

Former capital of the Federal Republic of Germany and still home to most of the German government's bureaucracy, located in the western part of Germany, on the Rhine River.

Note: The Constitution for West Germany was drafted in Bonn after World War II. Bonn became West Germany's capital in 1949 and reunified Germany's capital in 1990, but it has since lost that distinction to Berlin.

West Germany definition

Popular name for the Federal Republic of Germany before the reunification of Germany in 1990. Bonn was the seat of its government.

Note: West Germany was a member of NATO.
Note: Established in 1949, after dissension between the United States and the Soviet Union led to the division of Germany into East Germany and West Germany, it was formed out of the states included in the American, French, and British occupation zones.
Note: The Bonn Convention in 1952 essentially granted West Germany national sovereignty. In 1955, West Germany was recognized as an independent country.
Note: It made a swift recovery, called the “economic miracle” from the devastation of World War II.
Note: With the collapse of communism, West Germany absorbed East Germany. Berlin became the capital of the united Germany.
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