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  1. a city in and the capital of Croatia, in the NW part.
German Agram.


[kroh-ey-shuh, -shee-uh]
  1. a republic in SE Europe: includes the historical regions of Dalmatia, Istria, and Slavonia; formerly a part of Yugoslavia. 21,835 sq. mi. (56,555 sq. km) Capital: Zagreb.
Serbo-Croatian Hrvatska.
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Historical Examples

  • They were put into a train and transported to the prison at Zagreb.

    The Birth of Yugoslavia, Volume 2

    Henry Baerlein

  • The town of Yugoslavia which, after Austria's collapse, was stirred the most profoundly by its postage stamps was Zagreb.

  • Before he left Zagreb he transformed the feudal Croatian Diet into an elective assembly.

  • The Zagreb trial was conducted by a man who gave a good impersonation of Mr. Justice Shallow.

  • But the Croats, as is shown by other documents from the Zagreb archives, were faithful to their race.

British Dictionary definitions for zagreb


  1. the capital of Croatia, on the River Sava; gothic cathedral; university (1874); industrial centre. Pop: 685 000 (2005 est)German name: Agram


  1. a republic in SE Europe: settled by Croats in the 7th century; belonged successively to Hungary, Turkey, and Austria; formed part of Yugoslavia (1918–91); became independent in 1991 but was invaded by Serbia and fighting continued until 1995; involved in the civil war in Bosnia-Herzegovina (1991–95); joined the European Union in 2013. Language: Croatian. Religion: Roman Catholic majority. Currency: kuna. Capital: Zagreb. Pop: 4 475 611 (2013 est). Area: 55 322 sq km (21 359 sq miles)Croatian name: Hrvatska
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Word Origin and History for zagreb


from Modern Latin Croatia, from Croatian Hrvatska, probably related to Russian khrebet "mountain chain" (see Croat).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

zagreb in Culture



Republic in southeastern Europe in the upper western corner of the Balkan Peninsula, bordered to the northwest by Slovenia, to the north by Hungary, to the east by Yugoslavia, to the south and southeast by Bosnia and Herzegovina, and to the west by the Adriatic Sea. Its capital and largest city is Zagreb.


When Croatia declared its independence from Yugoslavia in 1991, fighting broke out between Croats and Croatia's large Serbian minority, who were aided by the Serb-dominated Yugoslavian government. In 1995, Croatian, Serbian, and Bosnian leaders met in the United States and settled on a peace accord. Hostility between Croats and Serbs has a long history; during World War II they fought on opposite sides of a civil war in Yugoslavia.
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