Balkans

EnglishEdit

 
Balkan peninsula (as defined by the Danube-Sava-Kupa line)

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EtymologyEdit

Of Turkic origin; compare Turkish balkan (wooded mountain range).[1] Probably unrelated to balk (ridge of land).

PronunciationEdit

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈbɔːl.kənz/, /ˈbɒl.kənz/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈbɑl.kənz/, /ˈbɔl.kənz/

Proper nounEdit

Balkans

  1. A geographical region in southeastern Europe, roughly equivalent to the area covered by Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, sometimes including Romania, Slovenia, and European Turkey. [19th c.]
    • 2002 — Dennis P. Hupchick, The Balkans: From Constantinople to Communism, p.104:
      As the Ottomans' victories in the Balkans multiplied, increasing numbers of Anatolian warriors flocked to their ranks, and their territorial conquests grew.
    • 2015 — Anastas Vangeli, On the Growing Cooperation Between China and the Western Balkans, in: Nikolaos Papakostas and Nikolaos Pasamitros (editors), An Agenda for the Western Balkans: From Elite Politics to Social Sustainability, Stuttgart, p.182:
      The Balkans is still comparatively less attractive than other post-communist countries in Europe [...]

Usage notesEdit

  • Used with the definite article the and construed as a plural.

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Douglas Harper (2001–2022), “Balkans”, in Online Etymology Dictionary.

GermanEdit

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˈbalkaːns/
  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: Bal‧kans

Proper nounEdit

Balkans

  1. genitive singular of Balkan

SwedishEdit

Proper nounEdit

Balkans

  1. genitive of Balkan

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