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ˈsaɪ prəsCyprus

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Cyprus, Republic of Cyprusnoun

    a country on the island of Cyprus; 80% of the people are of Greek origin and 20% or Turkish origin

  2. Cyprusnoun

    an island in the eastern Mediterranean


  1. Cyprusnoun

    Country between Europe and the Middle East, in the Mediterranean Sea. Member state of the European Union since 2004. Official name: Republic of Cyprus.

  2. Cyprusnoun

    Island between Europe and the Middle East, in the Mediterranean Sea.

  3. Etymology: Via Cyprus, from Κύπρος.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Cyprusnoun

    A thin transparent black stuff.

    Etymology: I suppose from the place where it was made; or corruptly from cypress, as being used in mourning.

    Lawn as white as driven snow,
    Cyprus black as e’er was crow. William Shakespeare, Winter’s Tale.

    To one of your receiving,
    Enough is shewn: a cyprus, not a bosom,
    Hides my poor heart! William Shakespeare.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Cyprusnoun

    a thin, transparent stuff, the same as, or corresponding to, crape. It was either white or black, the latter being most common, and used for mourning

  2. Etymology: [OE. cipres, cypirs; perh. so named as being first manufactured in Cyprus. Cf. Cipers.]


  1. Cyprus

    Cyprus, officially the Republic of Cyprus, is an island country in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea. Cyprus is the third largest and third most populous island in the Mediterranean, and a member state of the European Union. It is located east of Greece, south of Turkey, west of Syria and Lebanon, northwest of Israel and the Gaza Strip, and north of Egypt. The earliest known human activity on the island dates to around the 10th millennium BC. Archaeological remains from this period include the well-preserved Neolithic village of Khirokitia, and Cyprus is home to some of the oldest water wells in the world. Cyprus was settled by Mycenean Greeks in two waves in the 2nd millennium BC. As a strategic location in the Middle East, it was subsequently occupied by several major powers, including the empires of the Assyrians, Egyptians, and Persians, from whom the island was seized in 333 BC by Alexander the Great. Subsequent rule by Ptolemaic Egypt, the Roman Empire, the Byzantines, Arab caliphates for a short period, the French Lusignan dynasty, and the Venetians, was followed by the Ottoman conquest in 1571. It remained under Ottoman control for over three centuries. Cyprus was placed under British administration in 1878 until it was granted independence in 1960, becoming a member of the Commonwealth the following year. In 1974, seven years after the intercommunal violence between Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots, an attempted coup d'état by Greek Cypriot nationalists and elements of the Greek military junta with the aim of achieving enosis took place. Turkey used this as a pretext to invade the northern portion of the island. Turkish forces remained after a cease-fire, resulting in the partition of the island; an objective of Turkey since 1955. The intercommunal violence and subsequent Turkish invasion led to the displacement of over 150,000 Greek Cypriots and 50,000 Turkish Cypriots, and the establishment of a separate Turkish Cypriots political entity in the north. These events and the resulting political situation are matters of ongoing dispute.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Cyprus

    sī′prus, n. a thin, transparent, black stuff, a kind of crape.—n. Cy′prus-lawn (Milt.). [Prob. named from the island of Cyprus.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Cyprus

    a fertile, mountainous island in the Levant, capital Nicosia (12); geographically connected with Asia, and the third largest in the Mediterranean, being 140 m. long and 60 m. broad; government ceded to Great Britain in 1878 by the Sultan, on condition of an annual tribute; is a British colony under a colonial governor or High Commissioner; is of considerable strategic importance to Britain; yields cereals, wines, cotton, &c., and has 400 m. of good road, and a large transit trade.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Cyprus

    An island republic in the eastern Mediterranean Sea. Its capital is Nicosia. It was colonized by the Phoenicians and ancient Greeks and ruled successively by the Assyrian, Persian, Ptolemaic, Roman, and Byzantine Empires. It was under various countries from the 12th to the 20th century but became independent in 1960. The name comes from the Greek Kupros, probably representing the Sumerian kabar or gabar, copper, famous in historic times for its copper mines. The cypress tree is also named after the island. (From Webster's New Geographical Dictionary, 1988, p308 & Room, Brewer's Dictionary of Names, 1992, p134)

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. cyprus

    The most eastern island in the Mediterranean, near the mouth of the Gulf of Iskanderoon. It was divided among several petty kings till the time of Cyrus of Persia, who subdued them. It was taken by the Greeks in 477 B.C., and ranked among the proconsular provinces in the reign of Augustus. It was conquered by the Saracens, 648 A.D., but recovered by the Greeks in 957. It was reduced by Richard I. of England in 1191, and given by him to Guy de Lusignan, who became king in 1192, and whose descendants governed it until 1489, when it was sold to the Venetians. It was taken by the Turks in August, 1571, and held by them until June, 1878, when it was awarded to England by the “Peace Congress of Berlin.”

Etymology and Origins

  1. Cyprus

    From kupras, the Greek name for a herb which grew on the island in profusion.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Cyprus in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Cyprus in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of Cyprus in a Sentence

  1. Demetris Hadjicostis:

    The amount was found in the person's possession as he was leaving Cyprus on Monday afternoon.

  2. Tim Potier:

    Solving the Cyprus problem will be beneficial not only to Cypriots themselves but to guarantors Greece and Turkey.

  3. Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan:

    We on the Turkish side are sincere about finding a solution to the Cyprus problem that has been on the agenda of the international community and the U.N. for over half a century, a solution would not only have a positive impact on both sides of the island ... but would also bring peace, stability and cooperation to the eastern Mediterranean.

  4. John Hourican:

    And while it was portrayed as an attack on Russian money, really it was an attack on Cyprus because the real Russian money destroyed was modest, the savings and investment funds destroyed were enormous.

  5. Energy Minister Yiorgos Lakkotrypis:

    This is very important for Cyprus because it will be the first time we go beyond the phase of hydrocarbons exploration to development and exploitation, this sends a message to foreign buyers that we have natural gas to sell.

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    used of men; markedly masculine in appearance or manner
    • A. butch
    • B. contagious
    • C. soft-witted
    • D. incumbent

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