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Definition of Vienna

German Wien. a port in and the capital of Austria, in the NE part, on the Danube.
a city in NE Virginia.
a town in W West Virginia.
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British Dictionary definitions for Vienna

/ (vɪˈɛnə) /

the capital and the smallest state of Austria, in the northeast on the River Danube: seat of the Hapsburgs (1278-1918); residence of the Holy Roman Emperor (1558–1806); withstood sieges by Turks in 1529 and 1683; political and cultural centre in the 18th and 19th centuries, having associations with many composers; university (1365). Pop: 1 590 242 (2003 est). Area: 1075 sq km (415 sq miles)German name: Wien Latin name: Vindobona
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Cultural definitions for Vienna


Capital of Austria and largest city in the country, located in northeastern Austria on the south bank of the Danube River; Austria's leading cultural, economic, and political center.

notes for Vienna

Vienna was the capital of the Austrian (later Austro-Hungarian) Empire under the Hapsburgs, who ruled from 1278 to 1918.

notes for Vienna

During World War II, German troops occupied the city. It was badly damaged by bombing by the Allies, who controlled the city from 1945 to 1955.

notes for Vienna

It is the home of composers such as Ludwig van Beethoven, Johannes Brahms, Joseph Haydn, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Franz Schubert, and Johann Strauss, the Younger.
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