[ bon; German bawn ]


  1. a city in W Germany, on the Rhine: seat of the government; former capital of West Germany.


/ bɔn; bɒn /


  1. a city in W Germany, in North Rhine-Westphalia on the Rhine: the former capital (1949–90) of West Germany; university (1786). Pop: 311 052 (2003 est)


  1. Former capital of the Federal Republic of Germany and still home to most of the German government's bureaucracy, located in the western part of Germany, on the Rhine River .

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The Constitution for West Germany was drafted in Bonn after World War II . Bonn became West Germany's capital in 1949 and reunified Germany's capital in 1990, but it has since lost that distinction to Berlin .

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Example Sentences

A full recording of Beethoven’s 10th Symphony is set to be released on October 9, 2021, the same day as the world premiere performance scheduled to take place in Bonn, Germany—the culmination of a two-year-plus effort.

In November 2019, the team met in person again—this time, in Bonn, at the Beethoven House Museum, where the composer was born and raised.

Though the lift shut down three years ago, visitors still come to the village of Altenahr, about 20 miles south of Bonn, to hike, sample the wines and soak up the rugged landscape.

IZA Discussion Paper 11475, Institute of Labor Economics, Bonn.

Bonn’s study found that aerosol transmission was most likely to occur in enclosed, poorly ventilated places.

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A breakfast meeting was arranged between Haydn and members of the court orchestra at Bad Godesberg, close to Bonn.

He never saw the Rhine, or Bonn—or, indeed, Eleonore von Breuning—again.

He was in London when the sad news reached him, but he kept his promise to pass through Bonn on his return to Vienna.

It was decided that the Elector and his family should leave Bonn.

To manage Afghanistan out of this current crisis, one solution is to opt for another caretaker government—a “Bonn 2.0.”

The next tale, having a locale in Bonn, occurred at a time when priests married and had a family.

If they are not very careful they will upset some of those boats before they get to Bonn.

I think that, perhaps, they are going back to Bonn in small boats.

The ride, too, in the carriage from Bonn up to Rolandseck, was delightful.

I was infinitely more delighted here, than at Cologne; for Bonn grows every Day finer, while the latter is decaying.


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