(in World War I) Germany and Austria-Hungary, often with their allies Turkey and Bulgaria, as opposed to the Allies.
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British Dictionary definitions for central powers
- (before World War I) Germany, Italy, and Austria-Hungary after they were linked by the Triple Alliance in 1882
- (during World War I) Germany and Austria-Hungary, together with their allies Turkey and Bulgaria
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Cultural definitions for central powers
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