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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Balkans, Balkan Mountains, Balkan Mountain Rangenoun

    the major mountain range of Bulgaria and the Balkan Peninsula

  2. Balkan Peninsula, Balkansnoun

    a large peninsula in southeastern Europe containing the Balkan Mountain Range

  3. Balkansnoun

    the Balkan countries collectively


  1. Balkansnoun

    A geographical region in the southeast of Europe, roughly equivalent to the area covered by the former Yugoslav countries, Bulgaria, Albania, Greece and sometimes Romania.

  2. Etymology: Of origin. Compare Turkish balkan.


  1. Balkans

    The Balkans ( BAWL-kənz), also known as the Balkan Peninsula, is a geographical area in southeastern Europe with various geographical and historical definitions. The region takes its name from the Balkan Mountains that stretch throughout the whole of Bulgaria. The Balkan Peninsula is bordered by the Adriatic Sea in the northwest, the Ionian Sea in the southwest, the Aegean Sea in the south, the Turkish Straits in the east, and the Black Sea in the northeast. The northern border of the peninsula is variously defined. The highest point of the Balkans is Mount Musala, 2,925 metres (9,596 ft), in the Rila mountain range, Bulgaria. The concept of the Balkan Peninsula was created by the German geographer August Zeune in 1808, who mistakenly considered the Balkan Mountains the dominant mountain system of Southeast Europe spanning from the Adriatic Sea to the Black Sea. The term Balkan Peninsula was a synonym for Rumelia in the 19th century, the European provinces of the Ottoman Empire. It had a geopolitical rather than a geographical definition, which was further promoted during the creation of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia in the early 20th century. The definition of the Balkan Peninsula's natural borders does not coincide with the technical definition of a peninsula; hence modern geographers reject the idea of a Balkan Peninsula, while historical scholars usually discuss the Balkans as a region. The term has acquired a stigmatized and pejorative meaning related to the process of Balkanization. The alternative term used for the region is Southeast Europe.


  1. balkans

    The Balkans is a region in southeastern Europe that includes various countries from Greece and Turkey in the south to Romania in the north, often also including Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro, Albania, Bulgaria, North Macedonia, and Kosovo. The area is characterized by its varied and tumultuous history, with many different cultures and empires having influence over the region throughout time. It is named after the Balkan Mountains, which stretch from the Serbian-Bulgarian border to the Black Sea.


  1. Balkans

    The Balkans, often referred to as the Balkan Peninsula, and recently also as "Southeast Europe", although none of the three covers exactly the same area, is a geopolitical and cultural region of southeastern Europe. Many linguistic families meet in the region, including the Slavic, Romance, Hellenic, Albanian and Turkic language families. The main religion is Orthodox Christianity, followed by Catholic Christianity and Sunni Islam. This part of Europe is divided culturally and linguistically. At their core, the "Balkans" are states that have been shaped by their membership in the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires. The Balkans are highly mountainous. Mount Musala in Bulgaria's Rila mountain range is the highest point in the region.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Balkans in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Balkans in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of Balkans in a Sentence

  1. Johannes Hahn:

    The European Union is not only at your disposal at your side but we are really committed to these kinds of investments because it connects the Western Balkans with the European Union.

  2. Bosnian Security Minister Dragan Mektic:

    These weapons have been increasingly used in terrorist attacks, and our colleagues from France have proposed that an expert network be formed in the Western Balkans to crack down on smugglers.

  3. Karl Erjavec:

    The situation in the western Balkans is rather obscure, not stable, and... it will be necessary to ensure that there is dialogue to strengthen stability in this region.

  4. Slovenian Prime Minister Miro Cerar:

    If the migrant crisis is not adequately controlled as agreed at the summit in Brussels there is a possibility of conflict situations between the states of the Western Balkans, it is possible that a small conflict would initiate a wider reaction because of the very difficult recent history (of the region), which is why it is very important that we solve this crisis together as no country can solve this problem by itself.

  5. Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka:

    Today the situation is that countries in the western Balkans are willing to regulate migration and Europe must unequivocally support them in that.

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