[ vol-guh-grad, vohl-; Russian vuhl-guh-graht ]
/ ˈvɒl gəˌgræd, ˈvoʊl-; Russian vəl gʌˈgrɑt /
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a city in the southwestern part of the Russian Federation in Europe, on the Volga River: battles in World War II, September 1942–February 1943.
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Formerly Sta·lin·grad [stah-lin-grad; Russian stuh-lyin-graht], /ˈstɑ lɪnˌgræd; Russian stə lyɪnˈgrɑt/, Tsa·ri·tsyn [tsuh-reet-sin; Russian tsuh-ryee-tsin] /tsəˈrit sɪn; Russian tsʌˈryi tsɪn/ .
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British Dictionary definitions for Volgograd

/ (Russian vəlɡaˈɡrat, English ˈvɒlɡəˌɡræd) /

a port in SW Russia, on the River Volga: scene of a major engagement (1918) during the civil war and again in World War II (1942–43), in which the German forces were defeated; major industrial centre. Pop: 1 016 000 (2005 est)Former names: (until 1925) Tsaritsyn, (1925–61) Stalingrad
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Cultural definitions for Volgograd

[ (vol-guh-grad, vohl-guh-grad) ]

City located in southern Russia, amid the lower Volga and Don Rivers.

notes for Volgograd

The city is a major commercial and industrial center.

notes for Volgograd

From 1925 to 1961, it was named Stalingrad. During the brutal winter of 1942–1943, a huge German invasion force besieged the city but ultimately failed to take it. The German defeat in the Battle of Stalingrad was a major turning point in World War II, marking the beginning of the end for the Nazis.
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