[ chek-uh-sluh-vah-kee-uh, -vak-ee-uh ]

  1. a former republic in central Europe: formed after World War I; comprised Bohemia, Moravia, Slovakia, and part of Silesia: a federal republic 1968–92. 49,383 sq. mi. (127,903 sq. km). Capital: Prague.

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  • Formerly Czech and Slo·vak Fed·er·a·tive Re·pub·lic [chekuhn sloh-vahk fed-uh-rey-tiv ri-puhb-lik, fed-er-uh-tiv, sloh-vak] /ˈtʃɛk ən ˈsloʊ vɑk ˈfɛd əˌreɪ tɪv rɪˈpʌb lɪk, ˈfɛd ər ə tɪv, ˈsloʊ væk/ ,
  • Czech·o·slo·vak So·cial·ist Re·pub·lic [chek-oh-sloh-vahk soh-shuh-list ri-puhb-lik, -sloh-vak] /ˈtʃɛk oʊˈsloʊ vɑk ˈsoʊ ʃə lɪst rɪˈpʌb lɪk, -ˈsloʊ væk/ .

Other words from Czechoslovakia

  • Czech·o·slo·va·ki·an, Czech·o-Slo·va·ki·an, adjective, noun
  • non-Czech·o·slo·va·ki·an, adjective, noun

Words Nearby Czechoslovakia Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use Czechoslovakia in a sentence

  • Vaclav Havel made the same observation a decade earlier in Czechoslovakia.

  • But past aggressions against Hungary, Czechoslovakia, and Georgia were plainly Illegal as well.

  • Emanuel Radl speaks of labor and the Church in Czechoslovakia.

    The Necessity of Atheism | Dr. D.M. Brooks
  • In the chapter on Czechoslovakia I quote a conversation between a Nazi spy and his chief.

    Secret Armies | John L. Spivak
  • The Ostiepki from Czechoslovakia might have been a link of smoked ostrich sausage put up in the skin of its own red neck.

    The Complete Book of Cheese | Robert Carlton Brown
  • The Czechoslovakia treaty was concluded during the period of the government of Alexander Dubcek before the 1968 invasion.

    Area Handbook for Romania | Eugene K. Keefe, Donald W. Bernier, Lyle E. Brenneman, William Giloane, James M. Moore, and Neda A. Walpole
  • Poland and Czechoslovakia have many more tanks, and larger percentages of them are modern.

    Area Handbook for Romania | Eugene K. Keefe, Donald W. Bernier, Lyle E. Brenneman, William Giloane, James M. Moore, and Neda A. Walpole

British Dictionary definitions for Czechoslovakia


/ (ˌtʃɛkəʊsləʊˈvækɪə) /

  1. a former republic in central Europe: formed after the defeat of Austria-Hungary (1918) as a nation of Czechs in Bohemia and Moravia and Slovaks in Slovakia; occupied by Germany from 1939 until its liberation by the Soviet Union in 1945; became a people's republic under the Communists in 1948; invaded by Warsaw Pact troops in 1968, ending Dubček's attempt to liberalize communism; in 1989 popular unrest led to the resignation of the politburo and the formation of a non-Communist government. It consisted of two federal republics, the Czech Republic and Slovakia, which separated in 1993: Czech name: Československo See also Czech Republic, Slovakia

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Cultural definitions for Czechoslovakia


[ (chek-uh-sluh-vah-kee-uh) ]

Former republic in central Europe, bordered by Poland to the north, Germany to the north and west, Ukraine to the east, and Austria and Hungary to the south. Its capital and largest city was Prague.

Notes for Czechoslovakia

Communists seized complete control of the government in 1948. During the 1960s, a movement toward liberalization effected many democratizing reforms. An alarmed Soviet Union, along with its Warsaw Pact allies, put an abrupt end to the movement by invading Prague in 1968.

Notes for Czechoslovakia

Czechoslovakia was created by the union of the Czech lands and Slovakia, which took place in 1918, as the Austro-Hungarian Empire fell apart.

Notes for Czechoslovakia

The Munich Pact partitioned Czechoslovakia in 1938, giving one of its regions, the Sudetenland, to Germany in an attempt to avoid war.

Notes for Czechoslovakia

The country surrendered to German control in 1939 and was liberated by American and Soviet forces at the end of World War II.

Notes for Czechoslovakia

The communist government, confronted by mass pro-democracy demonstrations, resigned in 1989. In 1991, the last Soviet troops left the country. The end of communist rule resulted in the split of the republic into two independent states, The Czech Republic and Slovakia, in 1993.

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