[brat-uh-slah-vuh, brah-tuh-; Czech brah-tyi-slah-vah]
- the capital of Slovakia, in the SW part, on the Danube River: a former capital of Hungary.
- a republic in central Europe: formerly a part of Czechoslovakia; under German protection 1939–45; independent since 1993. 18,931 sq. mi. (49,035 sq. km). Capital: Bratislava.
Also called Slovak Republic.Slovak Slo·ven·sko [slaw-ven-skaw] /ˈslɔ vɛn skɔ/.
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- the capital of Slovakia since 1918, a port on the River Danube; capital of Hungary (1541–1784) and seat of the Hungarian parliament until 1848. Pop: 428 672 (2001)German name: Pressburg Hungarian name: Pozsony
- a country in central Europe: part of Hungary from the 11th century until 1918, when it united with Bohemia and Moravia to form Czechoslovakia; it became independent in 1993 and joined the EU in 2004. Official language: Slovak. Religion: Roman Catholic majority. Currency: koruna. Capital: Bratislava. Pop: 5 488 339 (2013 est). Area: 49 036 sq km (18 940 sq miles)
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Word Origin and History for bratislava
capital of Slovakia, a Slavic settlement named for its founder or chief; the name is the same element in the first half of the German name for the city, Pressburg (9c.).
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