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Constantinople

[kon-stan-tn-oh-puh l]
noun
  1. former name of Istanbul.
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Ottoman Empire

noun
  1. a former Turkish empire that was founded about 1300 by Osman and reached its greatest territorial extent under Suleiman in the 16th century; collapsed after World War I. Capital: Constantinople.
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Also called Turkish Empire.

Byzantine Empire

noun
  1. the Eastern Roman Empire after the fall of the Western Empire in a.d. 476. Capital: Constantinople.
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Constantinople

noun
  1. the former name (330–1926) of Istanbul
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Byzantine Empire

noun
  1. the continuation of the Roman Empire in the East, esp after the deposition of the last emperor in Rome (476 ad). It was finally extinguished by the fall of Constantinople, its capital, in 1453See also Eastern Roman Empire
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Ottoman Empire

noun
  1. the former Turkish empire in Europe, Asia, and Africa, which lasted from the late 13th century until the end of World War IAlso called: Turkish Empire
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Word Origin and History for constantinople

Constantinople

the proper name from 330 C.E. to 1930 C.E. of what is now Istanbul, from Greek Konstantinou polis "Constantine's city," named for Roman emperor Flavius Valerius Aurelius Constantinus, whose name is derived from Latin constans (see constant (adj.)).

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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Constantinople

[(kon-stan-tuh-noh-puhl)]

A city founded by the Roman emperor Constantine the Great as capital of the eastern part of the Roman Empire. Constantine ruled over both parts of the empire from Constantinople, which was later capital of the Byzantine Empire. Constantinople was conquered by Turkish forces in the fifteenth century.

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Today, under the name of Istanbul, Constantinople is the largest city in Turkey.

Byzantine Empire

[(biz-uhn-teen, biz-uhn-teyen, bizan-tin)]

An empire, centered at Constantinople, that began as the eastern portion of the Roman Empire; it included parts of Europe and western Asia. As the western Roman Empire declined, the Byzantine Empire grew in importance, and it remained an important power in Europe until the eleventh century. The Byzantine Empire was conquered by Turkish forces in the fifteenth century.

The Byzantine emperor was an absolute ruler (see absolute monarchy), and the laws and customs associated with his empire were strict and complex. His rule was supported by the Christian Church in the region, which later became the independent Eastern Orthodox Church.

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The word byzantine is often applied to a group of intricately connected and rigidly applied regulations or traditions, or to a complex bureaucracy that insists on formal requirements.

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Constantinople is called Istanbul today.

Ottoman Empire

An empire developed by the Turks between the fourteenth and twentieth centuries; it was succeeded in the 1920s by the present-day republic of Turkey. At its peak, the Ottoman Empire included, besides present-day Turkey, large parts of the Middle East and southeastern Europe.

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Ottoman Empire

An empire developed by Turks between the fourteenth and twentieth centuries. It was succeeded in the 1920s by the present-day republic of Turkey. At its greatest extent, the Ottoman Empire included many parts of southeastern Europe and the Middle East.

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