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[pots-dam; for 1 also German pawts-dahm] /ˈpɒts dæm; for 1 also German ˈpɔts dɑm/
a city in and the capital of Brandenburg, in NE Germany, SW of Berlin: formerly the residence of German emperors; wartime conference July–August 1945 of Truman, Stalin, Churchill, and later, Attlee.
a town in N New York.


[bran-duh n-burg; German brahn-duh n-boo rk] /ˈbræn dənˌbɜrg; German ˈbrɑn dənˌbʊərk/
a state in NE central Germany. 10,039 sq. mi. (26,000 sq. km).
Capital: Potsdam.
a city in NE Germany.
Related forms
Brandenburger, noun Unabridged
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  • He delivered the law to the world as if Potsdam was another Sinai, and he was uttering the law from the thunder clouds.

    Winning a Cause John Gilbert Thompson and Inez Bigwood
  • It was this which he had used in tiny quantities in the experiment at Potsdam.

    The World Peril of 1910 George Griffith
  • Goethe came here, walking over from Berlin, dined, and walked on to Potsdam.

  • Then a minute later we were on our way out of Berlin on the Potsdam road.

    The Minister of Evil William Le Queux
  • I went in to know if the wire I had sent from Potsdam engaging rooms and a fresh automobile had arrived, but of course it had not.

  • The bayonets of Potsdam were glittering at his breast, but he cried, Fight on—fight on!

    John Brown Captain R. W. Campbell
  • A modern Machiavelli would have to go to Potsdam to study the philosophy of high politics.

  • At this time I was living in Potsdam with a gentleman who was a leather-manufacturer.

  • But Haugwitz could no longer offer the ultimatum agreed upon at Potsdam; the battle had of course utterly changed the situation.

    The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte William Milligan Sloane
  • The Kaiser was out at Potsdam and I did not care to call in his absence.

    Europe Revised Irvin S. Cobb
British Dictionary definitions for Potsdam


/ˈpɒtsdæm; German ˈpɔtsdam/
a city in Germany, the capital of Brandenburg on the Havel River: residence of Prussian kings and German emperors and scene of the Potsdam Conference of 1945, at which the main Allied powers agreed on a plan to occupy Germany at the end of the Second World War. Pop: 144 979 (2003 est)


/ˈbrændənˌbɜːɡ; German ˈbrandənbʊrk/
a state in NE Germany, part of East Germany until 1990. A former electorate, it expanded under the Hohenzollerns to become the kingdom of Prussia (1701). The district east of the Oder River became Polish in 1945. Capital: Potsdam. Pop: 2 575 000 (2003 est). Area: 29 481 sq km (11 219 sq miles)
a city in NE Germany: former capital of the Prussian province of Brandenburg. Pop: 75 485 (2003 est)
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Word Origin and History for Potsdam

town in Germany, first recorded 993 as Poztupimi; the name is Slavic, the first element is po "by near," the second element evidently was influenced by Dutch names in -dam. The Potsdam Conference of the victorious Allies in World War II was held July 17-Aug. 2, 1945, to decide the fate of Germany.


region in northeastern Germany, traditionally said to be ultimately from Slavic, but perhaps German and meaning literally "burned fortress," or else from a Celtic proper name.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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