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[myoo-nik] /ˈmyu nɪk/
German München. a city in and the capital of Bavaria, in SW Germany.
any dishonorable appeasement.
Compare Munich Pact.


[buh-vair-ee-uh] /bəˈvɛər i ə/
a state in SE Germany: formerly a kingdom. 27,239 sq. mi. (70,550 sq. km).
Capital: Munich.
German Bayern. Unabridged
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  • Steinheil, of Munich, simplified it, and added an alarm in the form of a bell.

  • Naturally I canceled my plans to go to Munich, and stayed, employing detectives.

    The Black Bag Louis Joseph Vance
  • From Paris we started for Munich, but we did not stop there, we happened to feel like going on.

    The Harbor Ernest Poole
  • On the 1st of June she wrote to the hospital that the child had arrived at Munich.

    The Sexual Question August Forel
  • The face of the statue follows the Genoa model, and the statue was cast at Munich.

British Dictionary definitions for Munich


a city in S Germany, capital of the state of Bavaria, on the Isar River: became capital of Bavaria in 1508; headquarters of the Nazi movement in the 1920s; a major financial, commercial, and manufacturing centre. Pop: 1 247 873 (2003 est) German name München


a state of S Germany: a former duchy and kingdom; mainly wooded highland, with the Alps in the south. Capital: Munich. Pop: 12 155 000 (2000 est). Area: 70 531 sq km (27 232 sq miles) German name Bayern
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Word Origin and History for Munich

Bavarian capital, German München, from root of Mönch "monk" (see monk); founded 1158 as a market town by Benedictine monks. In allusions to "appeasement" it is from the meeting of German, British, French and Italian representatives there in Sept. 29, 1938, which resulted in the cession of Sudetenland to Germany in exchange for Hitler's pledges.

During the flight Daladier sat silent and morose, worried about the reception he would receive at Le Bourget, about how the French would react to his having betrayed Czechoslovakia and France's promises. As the plane circled for landing, he and others saw a massive crowd awaiting them. Expecting jeers, hisses, rotten fruit, and maybe worse, Daladier declared stolidly: 'They are going to mob me, I suppose. ... I appreciate their feelings,' and insisted on absorbing their wrath by being the first off the plane. But as he stood dumbfounded on the gangplank, thousands surged forward carrying flags and flowers, shouting 'Hurrah for France! Hurrah for England! Hurrah for peace!' Daladier turned back to Léger and cursed, 'The God-damned fools!' [Benjamin F. Martin, "France in 1938"]


named for the Boii, ancient Celtic people who once lived there (cf. Bohemia).

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Munich in Culture

Munich definition

Capital of Bavaria, located in southern Germany near the Bavarian Alps; a commercial, industrial, transportation, communications, and cultural center.

Note: Munich was the scene of the Nazi party's rise to power; National Socialism (Nazism) was founded there in 1918, and Adolf Hitler led an attempted revolution in Munich in 1923, the Beer Hall Putsch.
Note: The Munich Pact, drawn up in 1938, forced Czechoslovakia to give up territory to the Nazis.
Note: During World War II, the Allies bombed much of the city. After the war, it was the largest city in the American occupation zone.

Bavaria definition

State in southwestern Germany bordered by the former Czechoslovakia to the east, Austria to the southeast and south, and the German states of Baden-Wurttemberg and Hesse to the west and northwest. Its capital and largest city is Munich.

Note: Adolf Hitler began his rise to power in Bavaria.
Note: The area is famous for its beer and automobiles. BMW stands for Bavarian Motor Works.
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