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[shles-wig; German shleys-vik]
  1. a seaport in N Germany, on the Baltic.
  2. a historic region in S Jutland: a former duchy of Denmark; annexed by Prussia 1864; the N part was returned to Denmark as the result of a plebiscite 1920.
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Also Sleswick.
Danish Slesvig.
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Examples from the Web for schleswig

Historical Examples

  • In 1863 Schleswig was finally incorporated into the Danish kingdom.

    An Introduction to the History of Western Europe

    James Harvey Robinson

  • The two Duchies of Schleswig and Holstein were still subjects of dispute.

    Up The Baltic

    Oliver Optic

  • That passage to the Schleswig coast—the Eider River, did you say?

    The Riddle of the Sands

    Erskine Childers

  • You were the daughter of Paul Hubel, of Schleswig—were you not?

  • Lastly, there was the war with Denmark about Schleswig and Holstein.

British Dictionary definitions for schleswig


  1. a fishing port in N Germany, in Schleswig-Holstein state: on an inlet of the Baltic. Pop: 24 288 (2003 est)
  2. a former duchy, in the S Jutland Peninsula: annexed by Prussia in 1864; N part returned to Denmark after a plebiscite in 1920; S part forms part of the German state of Schleswig-HolsteinDanish name: Slesvig
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