[vahr-nuh, vuhr-]

Origin of varna

From the Sanskrit word varna literally, cover, color, hence sort, class


  1. a seaport in NE Bulgaria, on the Black Sea.
Formerly Stalin. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for varna

Historical Examples of varna

  • Both Varna and Bourgas are connected by railway with the main lines.


    Frank Fox

  • I, however, went with Macaulay Carvel on board the Varna boat.

    Paul Patoff

    F. Marion Crawford

  • It lies on the western side of the Black Sea, a little to the north of Varna.

    The Three Commanders

    W.H.G. Kingston

  • They were to be joined by their allies at the town of Varna on the shores of the Black Sea.

  • The next decent town we come to we'll get out and take the train on to Varna.

British Dictionary definitions for varna


  1. any of the four Hindu castes; Brahman, Kshatriya, Vaisya, or Sudra

Word Origin for varna

from Sanskrit: class


  1. a port in NE Bulgaria, on the Black Sea: founded by Greeks in the 6th century bc; under the Ottoman Turks (1391–1878). Pop: 340 000 (2005 est)Former name (1949–56): Stalin
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