[biz-mahrk; for 1 also German bis-mahrk]
  1. Ot·to von [ot-oh von; German aw-toh fuh n] /ˈɒt oʊ vɒn; German ˈɔ toʊ fən/, 1815–98, German statesman: first chancellor of modern German Empire 1871–90.
  2. a city in and the capital of North Dakota, in the central part.
  3. (often lowercase)
    1. Chiefly Northern U.S.a jelly doughnut.
    2. Chiefly Midland U.S.a fried cruller.

North Dakota

  1. a state in the N central United States. 70,665 sq. mi. (183,020 sq. km). Capital: Bismarck. Abbreviation: ND (for use with zip code), N. Dak.
Related formsNorth Dakotan, adjective, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Contemporary Examples of bismarck

  • The usher is from the Bismarck Food Service, wearing a blue Bismarck jersey, carrying a Bismarck bucket filled with soft drinks.

  • The Daily Pic: The crème brûlée "bismarck" from the Doughnut Plant is a great aesthetic creation.

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    Mona Lisa of the Coffee Shop

    Blake Gopnik

    February 5, 2013

  • She returned to Los Angeles on Friday, and her next speaking engagement will be in Bismarck, North Dakota.

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    Bristol Gets Political

    Mike Rhodes

    October 1, 2010

Historical Examples of bismarck

British Dictionary definitions for bismarck


  1. a city in North Dakota, on the Missouri River: the state capital. Pop: 56 344 (2003 est)


  1. Prince Otto (Eduard Leopold) von (ˈɔto fɔn), called the Iron Chancellor . 1815–98, German statesman; prime minister of Prussia (1862–90). Under his leadership Prussia defeated Austria and France, and Germany was united. In 1871 he became the first chancellor of the German Reich

North Dakota

  1. a state of the western US: mostly undulating prairies and plains, rising from the Red River valley in the east to the Missouri plateau in the west, with the infertile Bad Lands in the extreme west. Capital: Bismarck. Pop: 633 837 (2003 est). Area: 183 019 sq km (70 664 sq miles)Abbreviation: N. Dak., N.D., (with zip code) ND
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Word Origin and History for bismarck


"drink of champagne and stout" (also called a black velvet), 1910, named for the German chancellor (1815-1898), who was said to have been fond of it. The surname is said to be short for Biscofsmark "bishop's boundary."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

bismarck in Culture

North Dakota

State in the north-central United States, bordered by Saskatchewan and Manitoba, Canada, to the north; Minnesota to the east; South Dakota to the south; and Montana to the west. Its capital is Bismarck, and its largest city is Fargo.

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