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


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.Formerly Czech and Slovak Federative Republic; (1990–92),Also called Czech·o·slo·vak So·ialist Repub·lic (1948–89).

Related formsCzech·o·slo·va·ki·an, Czech·o-Slo·va·ki·an, adjective, nounnon-Czech·o·slo·va·ki·an, adjective, nounpro-Czech·o·slo·va·ki·an, adjective, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of czechoslovakian

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British Dictionary definitions for czechoslovakian



of, relating to, or characteristic of the former republic of Czechoslovakia, its peoples, or their languages


a native or inhabitant of the former republic of Czechoslovakia



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 1993Czech name: Československo See also Czech Republic, Slovakia
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Word Origin and History for czechoslovakian



Central European nation from 1919-1992, from Czecho-, Latinized comb. form of Czech + Slovakia (see Slovak).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Culture definitions for czechoslovakian



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.


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.


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


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


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


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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