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  1. a historic region in SE Europe: a former Turkish province; a part of Austria-Hungary 1878–1914; now part of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
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Serbo-Croatian Hercegovina.
Related formsHer·ze·go·vi·ni·an, adjective, noun
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Examples from the Web for herzegovina

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Historical Examples

  • You remember when Bosnia and Herzegovina were grabbed in 1908?

  • Bosnia and Herzegovina were placed under the control of Austria.

  • The first breach was the annexation of Bosnia and Herzegovina by Austria.

  • Eventually, because of a crisis in Bosnia and Herzegovina, the country was able to declare itself an independent kingdom in 1908.

    Area Handbook for Bulgaria

    Eugene K. Keefe, Violeta D. Baluyut, William Giloane, Anne K. Long, James M. Moore, and Neda A. Walpole

  • The Austrians, without striking a blow, have acquired Bosnia and Herzegovina.


    E. F. Knight

British Dictionary definitions for herzegovina



  1. a region in Bosnia-Herzegovina: originally under Austro-Hungarian rule; became part of the province of Bosnia-Herzegovina (1878), which was a constituent republic of Yugoslavia (1946–92)
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Word Origin and History for herzegovina


former Austrian duchy in the Balkans, from Old Serbian herceg "duke" (related to Modern German Herzog) + possessive ending -ov + -ina "country."

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