- Also So·fi·ya [Bulgarian saw-fee-yuh] /Bulgarian ˈsɔ fi yə/. a city in and the capital of Bulgaria, in the W part.
- a female given name.
- a republic in SE Europe. 42,800 sq. mi. (110,850 sq. km). Capital: Sofia.
Examples from the Web for sofia
One of those incidents came last December, when a driver for the company fatally struck 6-year-old Sofia Liu in a crosswalk.Uber Finally Gets Banned—in Delhi
December 9, 2014
The family said he and Sofia had been dating for three months.The Shocking Death of Miss Honduras
November 19, 2014
Rafi, otherwise known as “Bro lo el Cuñado,” is the brother of the stunning Sofia, and stepbrother to Ruxin (Nick Kroll).Inside the Mind of ‘The League’s Rafi: Jason Mantzoukas and Seth Rogen on TV’s Craziest Dude
September 25, 2014
But my memory is that I was very attached to Sofia and [saw] her dancing.The Next Great Coppola
May 7, 2014
I arrived at the Grand Bazaar and planned to work my way over to the Aya Sofia and the Topkapi Palace.Model Diaries: Escape From Istanbul
March 8, 2014
The railway from Sofia to Constantinople passed through Adrianople.
In the department of Sofia there are twenty-three, the hottest of which is Dolnia Bania.
I asked him if his Chief, the Minister at Sofia, stood behind him.Gallipoli Diary, Volume 2
She came of illustrious line, did Sofia, scant-haired and ungracious as she now was.Wayside Courtships
You ought to have thought of all this before you set out for Sofia.Current History, A Monthly Magazine
New York Times
- the capital of Bulgaria, in the west: colonized by the Romans in 29 ad; became capital of Bulgaria in 1879; university (1880). Pop: 1 045 000 (2005 est)Ancient name: Serdica Bulgarian name: Sofiya (ˈsɔfiˌja)
- a republic in SE Europe, on the Balkan Peninsula on the Black Sea: under Turkish rule from 1395 until 1878; became an independent kingdom in 1908 and a republic in 1946; joined the EU in 2007; consists chiefly of the Danube valley in the north and the Balkan Mountains in the central part, separated from the Rhodope Mountains of the south by the valley of the Maritsa River. Language: Bulgarian. Religion: Christian (Bulgarian Orthodox) majority. Currency: lev. Capital: Sofia. Pop: 6 981 642 (2013 est). Area: 110 911 sq km (42 823 sq miles)
Word Origin and History for sofia
Bulgarian capital, Roman Serdica, from the Thracian Serdi people who lived thereabouts. Conquered by the Bulgarians 9c. who altered the name by folk-etymology to Sredeti, which in their tongue meant "center, middle." It got its current name 14c. when the Turks conquered it and converted the 6c. church of St. Sophia into a mosque; the name thence extended to the whole city.
Medieval Latin, from Bulgari "Bulgarians," perhaps literally "the men from the Bolg," the River Volga, upon whose banks they lived until 6c. But the people's name for themselves in Old Bulgarian was Blugarinu, according to OED, which suggests a different origin. In other sources [e.g. Room], the name is said to be ultimately from Turkic bulga "mixed," in reference to the nature of this people of Turko-Finnish extraction but Slavic language.