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[ruh-ven-uh; for 1 also Italian rah-ven-nah]
  1. a city in NE Italy: the capital of Italy in the period of the Byzantine Empire; tomb of Dante.
  2. a city in NE Ohio.
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[roh-mahn-yuh; Italian raw-mah-nyah]
  1. a former province of the Papal States, in NE Italy. Capital: Ravenna.
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Historical Examples of ravenna

  • From Warren he removed to Ravenna, in the adjoining county of Portage.

    Cleveland Past and Present

    Maurice Joblin

  • Byron was fond of cats: in his establishment at Ravenna he had five of them.

    Concerning Cats

    Helen M. Winslow

  • He landed in Ravenna, but without army, war-material, or money.

    The Formation of Christendom, Volume VI

    Thomas W. (Thomas William) Allies

  • We had news of Giovanni, first from Bologna and later from Ravenna, whither he was fled.

    The Shame of Motley

    Raphael Sabatini

  • They were sent from Ravenna, and the craft was wrecked off Pola.

British Dictionary definitions for ravenna


  1. a city and port in NE Italy, in Emilia-Romagna: capital of the Western Roman Empire from 402 to 476, of the Ostrogoths from 493 to 526, and of the Byzantine exarchate from 584 to 751; famous for its ancient mosaics. Pop: 134 631 (2001)
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  1. an area of N Italy: part of the Papal States up to 1860
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