a port in northwestern Turkey, on both sides of the Bosporus: built by Constantine I on the site of ancient Byzantium; capital of the Eastern Roman Empire and of the Ottoman Empire; capital removed to Ankara 1923.
- Formerly Con·stan·ti·no·ple [kon-stan-tn-oh-puhl] /ˌkɒn stæn tnˈoʊ pəl/ .
- Also Stambul, Stam·boul.
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How to use Istanbul in a sentence
“Mimicking the calls and the wingbeats of a flock of small songbirds while they are mobbing predators is quite convincing to my human ears,” says Çağlar Akçay, a behavioral ecologist at Koç University in Istanbul not involved with this research.A single male lyrebird can mimic the sound of an entire flock | Jake Buehler | February 25, 2021 | Science News
The lowest value square on the Istanbul version of Monopoly, it was here that Erdogan sold lemonade and simit bread as a teenager and developed the wide-legged gait known locally as the “Kasimpasa strut.”The 'Badass Chief of Staff' of Turkey's Opposition Faces Years in Jail After Challenging Erdogan's Power. She's Not Backing Down | Joseph Hincks / Istanbul | February 24, 2021 | Time
The Istanbul index has gained 57 percent since an August 2018 currency crisis.Stocks drive higher, brushing aside worries about U.S. stability | David J. Lynch | January 14, 2021 | Washington Post
If that were to happen, the clear favorite is Fenerbahçe, one of three big clubs in Istanbul.Mesut Özil playing for D.C. United seems unlikely. But it’s not impossible. | Steven Goff | January 14, 2021 | Washington Post
Marsel Gündoğdu of the Social Policy, Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation Studies Association, an Istanbul-based LGBTQ organization, on Saturday noted to the Blade that ISIS has been threatening the LGBTIQ community in Turkey since 2016.ISIS threatens to attack Turkish LGBTQ organization | Michael K. Lavers | December 7, 2020 | Washington Blade
Istanbul, Turkey — Arab warplanes flew deadly missions along with American jets over Syria early Tuesday morning.
Istanbul, Turkey — The lifeblood of the death-dealing Islamic State is diesel fuel.Is NATO Ally Turkey Tacitly Fueling the ISIS War Machine? | Thomas Seibert | September 8, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Steven Sotloff checked into Room 303 at the Hotel Istanbul on August 1, 2013.
He traveled to Turkey, and someone told his family that he had been seen in a Burger King in Istanbul.American Jihadis Douglas McCain and Troy Kastigar: From Losers to Martyrs | Michael Daly | August 28, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Residents of an upscale Istanbul neighborhood flocked to their windows this month to watch a neighbor brutally beat his wife.
The most traveled and most famous is that from Belgrade to Istanbul.Area Handbook for Bulgaria | Eugene K. Keefe, Violeta D. Baluyut, William Giloane, Anne K. Long, James M. Moore, and Neda A. Walpole
British Dictionary definitions for Istanbul
a port in NW Turkey, on the western (European) shore of the Bosporus: the largest city in Turkey; founded in about 660 bc by Greeks; refounded by Constantine the Great in 330 ad as the capital of the Eastern Roman Empire; taken by the Turks in 1453 and remained capital of the Ottoman Empire until 1922; industrial centre for shipbuilding, textiles, etc. Pop: 9 760 000 (2005 est)): Ancient name: Byzantium Former name (330–1926): Constantinople
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Cultural definitions for Istanbul
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