[ kaw-kuh-suhs ]

  1. the Caucasus. Also called Caucasus Mountains. a mountain range in Caucasia, between the Black and Caspian seas, along the border between the Russian Federation, Georgia, and Azerbaijan. Highest peak, Mt. Elbrus, 18,481 feet (5,633 meters).

  2. Also Cau·ca·sia [kaw-key-zhuh, -shuh] /kɔˈkeɪ ʒə, -ʃə/ . a region between the Black and Caspian seas: divided by the Caucasus Mountains into Ciscaucasia in Europe and Transcaucasia in Asia.

Words Nearby Caucasus Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use Caucasus in a sentence

  • The Caucasus passed numerous boats being towed up the stream, carrying all sorts of merchandise to Nijni-Novgorod.

    Michael Strogoff | Jules Verne
  • An hour afterwards the bell rang on board the Caucasus, calling the new passengers, and recalling the former ones.

    Michael Strogoff | Jules Verne
  • We read of the popular novelist Bestuzhev, who was exiled to Siberia and then sent to the Caucasus as a soldier.

    Comrade Kropotkin | Victor Robinson
  • The wandering minstrel is the principal schoolmaster in the Caucasus.

    Life of Schamyl | John Milton Mackie
  • Blumenbach chose a particular skull as the type of this race and it happened to be a skull from the Caucasus.

British Dictionary definitions for Caucasus


/ (ˈkɔːkəsəs) /

nounthe Caucasus
  1. Also called: Caucasus Mountains a mountain range in SW Russia, running along the N borders of Georgia and Azerbaijan, between the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea: mostly over 2700 m (9000 ft). Highest peak: Mount Elbrus, 5642 m (18 510 ft)

  2. another name for Caucasia

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Cultural definitions for Caucasus


[ (kaw-kuh-suhs) ]

Mountain range extending from the Black Sea southeast to the Caspian Sea, through extreme southern Russia, Georgia, Armenia, and Azerbaijan.

Notes for Caucasus

It forms part of the traditional border between Europe and Asia.

Notes for Caucasus

Oil is its major resource. In World War II, the Germans tried to seize or neutralize this resource but were driven back by the Soviets.

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