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[bran-duh n-burg; German brahn-duh n-boork]
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  1. a state in NE central Germany. 10,039 sq. mi. (26,000 sq. km). Capital: Potsdam.
  2. a city in NE Germany.
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Related formsBran·den·burg·er, noun
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  1. a state in NE Germany, part of East Germany until 1990. A former electorate, it expanded under the Hohenzollerns to become the kingdom of Prussia (1701). The district east of the Oder River became Polish in 1945. Capital: Potsdam. Pop: 2 575 000 (2003 est). Area: 29 481 sq km (11 219 sq miles)
  2. a city in NE Germany: former capital of the Prussian province of Brandenburg. Pop: 75 485 (2003 est)
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Word Origin and History for brandenburg


region in northeastern Germany, traditionally said to be ultimately from Slavic, but perhaps German and meaning literally "burned fortress," or else from a Celtic proper name.

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