[ pots-dam; for 1 also German pawts-dahm ]

  1. a city in and the capital of Brandenburg, in NE Germany, SW of Berlin: formerly the residence of German emperors; wartime conference July–August 1945 of Truman, Stalin, Churchill, and later, Attlee.

  2. a town in N New York.

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How to use Potsdam in a sentence

  • He fell back on his higher rank, and in my anger I struck him on the parade-ground at Potsdam while he was reviewing his regiment.

    The Red City | S. Weir Mitchell
  • Upon which Friedrich candidly drew bridle; hastened back, and, with a loss of four days, was at his Potsdam Affairs again.

British Dictionary definitions for Potsdam


/ (ˈpɒtsdæm, German ˈpɔtsdam) /

  1. a city in Germany, the capital of Brandenburg on the Havel River: residence of Prussian kings and German emperors and scene of the Potsdam Conference of 1945, at which the main Allied powers agreed on a plan to occupy Germany at the end of the Second World War. Pop: 144 979 (2003 est)

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