See under Berlin(def 3).
Definition for east berlin (2 of 3)
[ ber-lin for 1–3, bur-lin for 4, 5; for 3, German ber-leen ]
/ bərˈlɪn for 1–3, ˈbɜr lɪn for 4, 5; for 3, German bɛrˈlin /
Irving,1888–1989, U.S. songwriter.
Isaiah,1909–97, English political philosopher and historian, born in Latvia.
the capital of Germany, in the NE part: constitutes a state. 341 sq. mi. (883 sq. km). Formerly (1948-90) divided into a western zone (West Berlin), a part of West Germany; and an eastern zone (East Berlin), the capital of East Germany.
a town in central Connecticut.
a city in N New Hampshire.
Definition for east berlin (3 of 3)
a former country in central Europe: created in 1949 from the Soviet zone of occupied Germany established in 1945: reunited with West Germany in 1990. 41,827 sq. mi. (108,333 sq. km). Capital: East Berlin.
Official name German Democratic Republic.
Related formsEast German, adjective, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for east berlin (1 of 5)
/ (bəˈlɪn, ˈbɜːlɪn) /
Also called: berlin wool (sometimes capital) a fine wool yarn used for tapestry work, etc
a four-wheeled two-seated covered carriage, popular in the 18th century
a limousine with a glass partition between the front and rear seats
Also called (for senses 2, 3): berline (bəˈliːn, ˈbɜːliːn)
Word Origin for berlin
C18: named after Berlin
British Dictionary definitions for east berlin (2 of 5)
/ (bɜːˈlɪn, German bɛrˈliːn) /
the capital of Germany (1871–1945 and from 1990), formerly divided (1945–90) into the eastern sector, capital of East Germany, and the western sectors, which formed an exclave in East German territory closely affiliated with West Germany: a wall dividing the sectors was built in 1961 by the East German authorities to stop the flow of refugees from east to west; demolition of the wall began in 1989 and the city was formally reunited in 1990: formerly (1618–1871) the capital of Brandenburg and Prussia. Pop: 3 388 477 (2003 est)
British Dictionary definitions for east berlin (3 of 5)
/ (bɜːˈlɪn) /
Irving . original name Israel Baline, 1888–1989, US composer and writer of lyrics, born in Russia. His musical comedies include Annie Get Your Gun (1946); his most popular song is White Christmas
Sir Isaiah . 1909–97, British philosopher, born in Latvia, historian, and diplomat. His books include Historical Inevitability (1954) and The Magus of the North (1993)
British Dictionary definitions for east berlin (4 of 5)
(formerly) the part of Berlin under East German control
British Dictionary definitions for east berlin (5 of 5)
a former republic in N central Europe: established in 1949 and declared a sovereign state by the Soviet Union in 1954; Communist regime replaced by a multiparty democracy in 1989; reunited with West Germany in 1990Official name: German Democratic Republic, (Abbreviation) DDR, (Abbreviation) GDR See also Germany
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Culture definitions for east berlin (1 of 2)
Although high for a communist nation, the East German living standard lagged far behind that of western Europe. Popular protests for democracy forced the communist government to open the Berlin Wall in 1989 and allow its citizens to migrate to West Germany. Unable to resist the tide of reform sweeping across communist states, the East German government agreed in 1990 to the reunification of Germany under the leadership of West Germany.
Culture definitions for east berlin (2 of 2)
Capital of reunited Germany, located in the northeastern part of the country.
Formerly the capital of Prussia and then of Germany, Berlin was occupied by American, British, French, and Soviet troops after World War II. Disagreements among the Allies led to the partition of the city, with the Soviet zone becoming East Berlin, and the other zones West Berlin. East Berlin became the capital of the communist German Democratic Republic (East Germany), but West Berlin lost its capital status to Bonn in the Federal Republic of Germany (West Germany).
With the reunification of the two Germanys in 1990, the reunified city of Berlin was restored to its place as Germany's capital.
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