Albania

[al-bey-nee-uh, -beyn-yuh]
noun
  1. a republic in S Europe, in the Balkan Peninsula, W of Macedonia and NW of Greece. 10,632 sq. mi. (27,535 sq. km). Capital: Tirana.
  2. Obsolete. Scotland.
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Contemporary Examples of albania

  • But after a while, the edit wars ended, and the article no longer had Einstein going to Albania.

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    You Can Look It Up: The Wikipedia Story

    Walter Isaacson

    October 19, 2014

  • The Secret Rescue By Cate Lineberry The story of non-combat heroes and their escape from Nazi-occupied Albania.

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    This Week’s Hot Reads: May 6, 2013

    Nicholas Mancusi

    May 6, 2013

  • In Albania, there are two cities where I have written the majority of my work: Gjirokastër, my home city, and Tirana.

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    Ismail Kadare: How I Write

    Noah Charney

    January 31, 2013

  • The recent situation in my country [Albania], its problems, its grotesque aspects, its misunderstandings.

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    Ismail Kadare: How I Write

    Noah Charney

    January 31, 2013

  • But, to much ridicule, the Army then took weeks to prepare the field in Albania from which the Apaches were to operate.

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    The Taliban’s Bait Game

    John Barry

    August 12, 2011

Historical Examples of albania


British Dictionary definitions for albania

Albania

noun
  1. a republic in SE Europe, on the Balkan Peninsula: became independent in 1912 after more than four centuries of Turkish rule; established as a republic (1946) under Communist rule; multiparty constitution adopted in 1991. It is generally mountainous, rising over 2700 m (9000 ft), with extensive forests. Language: Albanian. Religion: Muslim majority. Currency: lek. Capital: Tirana. Pop: 3 011 405 (2013 est). Area: 28 749 sq km (11 100 sq miles)
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Word Origin and History for albania

Albania

Medieval Latin name of the country called by its inhabitants Shqipëri (literally "land of eagles," from shqiponje "eagle"), from Medieval Greek Albania, possibly from a pre-IE word *alb "hill" (also proposed as the source of Alps) or from the PIE root *albho- "white" (see alb). Roman Albania was a land by the Caspian Sea (modern Daghestan); in English Albania was occasionally also a name for Scotland.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

albania in Culture

Albania

Republic in southeastern Europe on the Adriatic Sea coast of the Balkan Peninsula, bordered by Yugoslavia to the northwest, north, and northeast, Macedonia to the east, and Greece to the southeast and south. Tirana is its capital and largest city.

Note

The most secretive and closed of the former Eastern Bloc nations, Albania held free elections in March 1991, ending almost fifty years of communist rule and inaugurating a multiparty system. Protests over the collapse of a government-sponsored fraudulent investment scheme led to near anarchy in 1997. United Nations peacekeepers restored order.
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