from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • A region and former kingdom of western Asia that included present-day Armenia and parts of northeast Turkey and northwest Iran. Established c. 600 BC, it was probably the first state to adopt Christianity as a national religion (c. AD 303). In the fourth and fifth centuries Armenia was subsumed by the Roman and Persian empires.
  • A country of western Asia east of Turkey and north of Iran. Acquired by Russia from Persia in 1828, it became a Soviet republic in 1920 and was a part of the USSR from 1922 to 1991. Yerevan is the capital.
  • A city of west-central Colombia west of Bogotá. It is an industrial center and transportation hub.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun a country in the Caucasus, formerly a part of the Soviet Union.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • proper noun historical Ancient kingdom in the Armenian Highland southeast of Black Sea and southwest of Caspian Sea; area now divided between Turkey, Republic of Armenia, Azerbaijan and Iran.
  • proper noun A small country in Western Asia. Official name: Republic of Armenia. Official language: Armenian. Capital: Yerevan.

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  • noun a landlocked republic in southwestern Asia; formerly an Asian soviet; modern Armenia is but a fragment of ancient Armenia which was one of the world's oldest civilizations; throughout 2500 years the Armenian people have been invaded and oppressed by their neighbors


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From Ancient Greek Ἀρμενία (Armenia) (early 5th century BC) from Old Persian 𐎠𐎼𐎷𐎡𐎴 (Armina) (late 6th century BC); see it for more. The Old Persian name is an exonym: see հայ (hay) for the native name.


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