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[bos-per-uh s] /ˈbɒs pər əs/
a strait connecting the Black Sea and the Sea of Marmara. 18 miles (29 km) long.
Also, Bosphorus
[bos-fer-uh s] /ˈbɒs fər əs/ (Show IPA)
Compare Dardanelles.
Related forms
Bosporan, Bosporanic
[bos-puh-ran-ik] /ˌbɒs pəˈræn ɪk/ (Show IPA),
[bo-spawr-ee-uh n, -spohr-] /bɒˈspɔr i ən, -ˈspoʊr-/ (Show IPA),
adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for Bosporus
Historical Examples
  • Our friends on the Bosporus shall have the noble lord cheap!

    Lord Kilgobbin Charles Lever
  • He must not beat her or strangle her with a bowstring or drop her into the Bosporus.

    In a Little Town Rupert Hughes
  • Alexius soon found it expedient to ferry them across the Bosporus.

    Peter the Hermit Daniel A. Goodsell
  • This sound is the Bosporus, and through it is the way to the Black Sea.

    From Pole to Pole

    Sven Anders Hedin
  • On the other bank of the Bosporus is Scutari and other suburbs of Constantinople.

    The Innocents Abroad Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • All those who are subject to the princes of the Bosporus are called Bosporani.

  • Gossip runs along the shores of the Bosporus like fire along a hayrick.

    In the Wilderness Robert Hichens
  • Then I'll stay at some other place on the Bosporus and come over.

    In the Wilderness Robert Hichens
  • That would advertise our acquaintance with him to all the gossips on the Bosporus.

    In the Wilderness Robert Hichens
  • When she was gone he took the Albanian's boat and went out on the Bosporus for a row.

    In the Wilderness Robert Hichens
British Dictionary definitions for Bosporus


the Bosporus, a strait between European and Asian Turkey, linking the Black Sea and the Sea of Marmara
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Bosporus in Culture
Bosporus [(bos-puh-ruhs)]

Strait separating the European and Asian portions of Turkey. The Bosporus is a link between the Black Sea and the Mediterranean Sea.

Note: It is an important shipping route for Russia, whose northern routes are mostly blocked by ice in winter, and for other nations that border the Black Sea or use any of the many major rivers that flow into it.
The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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