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[her-tsuh-goh-vee-nuh] /ˌhɛr tsə goʊˈvi nə/
a historic region in SE Europe: a former Turkish province; a part of Austria-Hungary 1878–1914; now part of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Serbo-Croatian Hercegovina.
Related forms
Herzegovinian, adjective, noun Unabridged
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  • You remember when Bosnia and Herzegovina were grabbed in 1908?

    Sonia Between two Worlds Stephen McKenna
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina were placed under the control of Austria.

  • The first breach was the annexation of Bosnia and Herzegovina by Austria.

    Under Four Administrations Oscar S. Straus
  • Eventually, because of a crisis in Bosnia and Herzegovina, the country was able to declare itself an independent kingdom in 1908.

    Area Handbook for Bulgaria

    Eugene K. Keefe, Violeta D. Baluyut, William Giloane, Anne K. Long, James M. Moore, and Neda A. Walpole
  • The Austrians, without striking a blow, have acquired Bosnia and Herzegovina.

    Albania E. F. Knight
  • The boundary of Herzegovina is but a mile from Metkovič, for which it serves as port.

    The Shores of the Adriatic F. Hamilton Jackson
  • The normal result ensued: there were local risings in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

    The Galaxy Various
  • His body was transferred to and buried in a monastery in Herzegovina.

    Serbia in Light and Darkness Nikolaj Velimirovic
British Dictionary definitions for Herzegovina


a region in Bosnia-Herzegovina: originally under Austro-Hungarian rule; became part of the province of Bosnia-Herzegovina (1878), which was a constituent republic of Yugoslavia (1946–92)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Herzegovina

former Austrian duchy in the Balkans, from Old Serbian herceg "duke" (related to Modern German Herzog) + possessive ending -ov + -ina "country."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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