[bos-per-uh s]
Also Bos·pho·rus [bos-fer-uh s] /ˈbɒs fər əs/.
Compare Dardanelles.
Related formsBos·po·ran, Bos·po·ran·ic [bos-puh-ran-ik] /ˌbɒs pəˈræn ɪk/, Bos·po·ri·an [bo-spawr-ee-uh n, -spohr-] /bɒˈspɔr i ən, -ˈspoʊr-/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for bosporus

Historical Examples of bosporus

  • Our friends on the Bosporus shall have the noble lord cheap!

    Lord Kilgobbin

    Charles Lever

  • He must not beat her or strangle her with a bowstring or drop her into the Bosporus.

    In a Little Town

    Rupert Hughes

  • Alexius soon found it expedient to ferry them across the Bosporus.

    Peter the Hermit

    Daniel A. Goodsell

  • This sound is the Bosporus, and through it is the way to the Black Sea.

    From Pole to Pole

    Sven Anders Hedin

  • On the other bank of the Bosporus is Scutari and other suburbs of Constantinople.

    The Innocents Abroad

    Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)

British Dictionary definitions for bosporus


Bosphorus (ˈbɒsfərəs)

  1. the Bosporus a strait between European and Asian Turkey, linking the Black Sea and the Sea of Marmara
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bosporus in Culture



Strait separating the European and Asian portions of Turkey. The Bosporus is a link between the Black Sea and the Mediterranean Sea.


It is an important shipping route for Russia, whose northern routes are mostly blocked by ice in winter, and for other nations that border the Black Sea or use any of the many major rivers that flow into it.
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