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[mas-i-doh-nee-uh, -dohn-yuh] /ˌmæs ɪˈdoʊ ni ə, -ˈdoʊn yə/
Also, Macedon
[mas-i-don] /ˈmæs ɪˌdɒn/ (Show IPA)
. an ancient kingdom in the Balkan Peninsula, in S Europe: now a region in N Greece, SW Bulgaria, and the Republic of Macedonia.
a republic in S Europe: formerly (1945–92) a constituent republic of Yugoslavia. 9928 sq. mi. (25,713 sq. km).
Capital: Skopje. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for macedon
Historical Examples
  • Here is the old territory of Philip of macedon, the father of the conqueror.

  • Alexander of macedon was a hero, no doubt; but why smash the chairs?

  • Here then are two wanderers—and there is a river in Monmouth and a river in macedon.

  • Pyrrhus encountered Pantauchus as he entered macedon, and gave him battle.

    Pyrrhus Jacob Abbott
  • He determined, therefore, on every account, to make a foray into macedon.

    Pyrrhus Jacob Abbott
  • He resolved, accordingly, to abandon his interests in macedon and march into Greece.

    Pyrrhus Jacob Abbott
  • There was another son of Antipater, however, named Nicanor, who was then in macedon.

    Pyrrhus Jacob Abbott
  • Amyntas, the king of macedon, gave them a very honorable reception.

    Darius the Great Jacob Abbott
  • Alexander the Great, king of macedon, and conqueror of the world.

    Microcosmography John Earle
  • Had they ever heard of a river in Monmouth and another in macedon?

    Pickwickian Studies Percy Fitzgerald
British Dictionary definitions for macedon


a region of the S Balkans, now divided among Greece, Bulgaria, and Macedonia (Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia). As a kingdom in the ancient world it achieved prominence under Philip II (359–336 bc) and his son Alexander the Great


a country in SE Europe, comprising the NW half of ancient Macedon: it became part of the kingdom of Serbs, Croats, and Slovenes (subsequently Yugoslavia) in 1913; it declared independence in 1992, but Greece objected to the use of the historical name Macedonia; in 1993 it was recognized by the UN under its current official name. Official language: Macedonian. Religion: Christian majority, Muslim, nonreligious, and Jewish minorities. Currency: denar. Capital: Skopje. Pop: 2 087 171 (2013 est). Area: 25 713 sq km (10 028 sq miles) Serbian name Makedonija Official name Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, FYROM
an area of N Greece, comprising the regions of Macedonia Central, Macedonia West, and part of Macedonia East and Thrace Modern Greek name Makedhonia
a district of SW Bulgaria, now occupied by Blagoevgrad province. Area: 6465 sq km (2496 sq miles)
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Word Origin and History for macedon


c. 1300, Macedone, from Latin Macedonius "Macedonian," from Greek Makedones "the Macedonians," literally "highlanders" or "the tall ones," related to makednos "long, tall," makros "long, large" (see macro-). French Macédoine "mixed cut fruit or vegetables" is early 19c., said to be a reference to the diversity of people in Alexander's empire.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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macedon in Culture
Macedonia [(mas-uh-doh-nee-uh, mas-uh-dohn-yuh)]

Republic in southeastern Europe on the west Balkan Peninsula, bordered by Yugoslavia to the north, Bulgaria to the east, Greece to the south, and Albania to the west. Its capital and largest city is Skopje.

Note: Macedonia is part of a mountainous region of the Balkan Peninsula, also called Macedonia, that was once ruled by the Ottoman Empire and divided in 1912 among Greece, Bulgaria, and Serbia (later Yugoslavia).
Note: Greece has objected to the republic's adoption of the name Macedonia, which is also the name of a Greek province and which to the Greeks has been historically associated with Alexander the Great and ancient Greece.
Note: The country has been marked by conflict between minority ethnic Albanians and majority Slavs.
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