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Reykjavik

[rey-kyuh-veek, -vik]
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noun
  1. a seaport in and the capital of Iceland, in the SW part.
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Iceland

[ahys-luh nd]
noun
  1. a large island in the N Atlantic between Greenland and Scandinavia. 39,698 sq. mi. (102,820 sq. km).
  2. a republic including this island and several smaller islands: formerly Danish; independent since 1944. Capital: Reykjavik.
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Related formsIce·land·er [ahys-lan-der, -luh n-der] /ˈaɪsˌlæn dər, -lən dər/, noun
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  • They are convertible for either silver or gold at Reykjavik.

    A Girl's Ride in Iceland

    Ethel Brilliana Alec-Tweedie

  • Nothing of importance occurred on the way back to Reykjavik.

    The Land of Thor

    J. Ross Browne

  • It is needless to say that the party of sporting Englishmen had arrived from Reykjavik.

    The Land of Thor

    J. Ross Browne

  • Two vessels were taking in cargoes of them during our stay at Reykjavik.

    The Land of Thor

    J. Ross Browne

  • Two semi-monthly newspapers are published at Reykjavik, in the Icelandic language.

    The Land of Thor

    J. Ross Browne


British Dictionary definitions for reykjavik

Reykjavik

noun
  1. the capital and chief port of Iceland, situated in the southwest: its buildings are heated by natural hot water. Pop: 112 490 (2003 est)
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Iceland

noun
  1. an island republic in the N Atlantic, regarded as part of Europe: settled by Norsemen, who established a legislative assembly in 930; under Danish rule (1380–1918); gained independence in 1918 and became a republic in 1944; contains large areas of glaciers, snowfields, and lava beds with many volcanoes and hot springs (the chief source of domestic heat); inhabited chiefly along the SW coast. The economy is based largely on fishing and tourism. Official language: Icelandic. Official religion: Evangelical Lutheran. Currency: króna. Capital: Reykjavik. Pop: 315 281 (2013 est). Area: 102 828 sq km (39 702 sq miles)
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Word Origin and History for reykjavik

Reykjavik

capital of Iceland, literally "bay of smoke," from Old Norse reykja "to smoke" (see reek (n.)) + vik "bay" (see viking). So called from the natural hot springs there. Settlement said to date from 9c., but not established as a town until 1786.

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reykjavik in Culture

Iceland

Island republic in the north Atlantic Ocean, just south of the Arctic Circle, west of Norway and southeast of Greenland. Its capital and largest city is Reykjavik.

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Iceland proclaimed its independence from Denmark in 1944.

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It is a member of NATO.

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A unique combination of glaciers and plate tectonics has resulted in an unusual land surface, dominated by a rugged coastline, hot springs, geysers, and volcanoes.
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