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Macedonia

[mas-i-doh-nee-uh, -dohn-yuh] /ˌmæs ɪˈdoʊ ni ə, -ˈdoʊn yə/
noun
1.
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.
2.
a republic in S Europe: formerly (1945–92) a constituent republic of Yugoslavia. 9928 sq. mi. (25,713 sq. km).
Capital: Skopje.
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  • He instances Archelaus, son of Perdiccas, the usurper of Macedonia.

    Gorgias Plato
  • For Serbs and Bulgars have always been hypnotized by Macedonia.

    England and Germany Emile Joseph Dillon
  • To lose Macedonia, therefore, is to forfeit the life-secret of nation.

    England and Germany Emile Joseph Dillon
  • Meanwhile the revolt in Greek Macedonia seemed to be spreading.

  • We are a poverty-stricken lot, and no one to come over into Macedonia to help us.

    The Nebuly Coat John Meade Falkner
British Dictionary definitions for Macedonia

Macedonia

/ˌmæsɪˈdəʊnɪə/
noun
1.
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
2.
an area of N Greece, comprising the regions of Macedonia Central, Macedonia West, and part of Macedonia East and Thrace Modern Greek name Makedhonia
3.
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 Macedonia

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.

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Macedonia 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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