Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • The capital and largest city of Germany, in the northeast part of the country. Founded in the 13th century, it was the capital of the kingdom of Prussia from 1701 and the capital of the German Empire (1871-1918), the Weimar Republic (1919-1932), and the Third Reich (1933-1945). The city was divided between 1945 and 1990 into East Berlin and West Berlin, which division grew out of the zones of occupation established at the end of World War II. The Berlin Wall, a wire and concrete barrier, was erected by the East German government in August 1961 and dismantled in November 1989. Population: 3,400,000.
  • Berlin, Irving Originally Israel Baline. 1888-1989. Russian-born American songwriter who wrote more than 1,500 songs, including "Alexander's Ragtime Band” (1911), and several musical comedies, such as Top Hat (1935) and Annie Get Your Gun (1946).
  • Berlin, Isaiah 1909-1997. Russian-born British political philosopher and historian best known for his distinction between positive and negative liberty and for his view that values are plural and conflicting.

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  • proper n. The capital city of Germany.
  • proper n. One of the component states of Germany according to the current administrative division of the nation.
  • proper n. A surname.
  • proper n. Any of a number of cities and towns in the United States, of which the largest are Berlin, Connecticut, and Berlin, New Hampshire.

Etymologies

From the German Berlin. (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • BERLIN - Catherine Keener stars as a guilt-ridden antiques trader in U.S. director Nicole Holofcener's "Please Give," a comedy of very awkward manners screening at the Berlin film festival.

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  • BERLIN (Reuters) - Roman Polanski's new movie "The Ghost Writer" premiers on Friday at the Berlin film festival, but the director will be staying at home in Switzerland because of a sex case dating back more than 30 years.

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  • BERLIN (AFP) - He wowed New York with huge man-made waterfalls, drew the masses to London's Tate Modern with a giant artificial sun and is now staging his first major solo show in his adopted city, Berlin.

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  • BERLIN - The seven nations that have ordered the Airbus A400M military transporter would be willing to contribute a maximum of euro2 billion ($2.81 billion) in extra Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg increased the pressure on aerospace firm EADS going into crucial negotiations Thursday in Berlin about the company's Markets give Greece a breather on EU rescue hopes * EU countries, led by

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  • BERLIN (AFP) - Berlin was set Friday for the first full showing in 83 years of Fritz Lang's silent sci-fi classic "Metropolis" after key scenes thought lost for ever sensationally turned up in 2008.

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  • BERLIN (AFP) - Pierce Brosnan, star of Roman Polanski's "The Ghost Writer", said Friday he regretted the director could not be at its Berlin Film Festival premiere due to his house arrest on child sex charges, calling him a "great man."

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  • BERLIN (Hollywood Reporter) - There's nothing oblique or nuanced in Berlin festival competition selection "Caterpillar," Koji Wakamatsu's indictment of right-wing militarist nationalism and the partner piece to his relentless expose on left-wing extremism, "United Red Army."

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  • BERLIN (AFP) - As Europe looks to Germany for answers on how to bail out debt-stricken Greece, Berlin has become ever more willing to defend its national interests rather than toe the European line, analysts said. ruffled feathers and riled markets by insisting the 16 countries that share the euro needed a mechanism to expel a nation from the club if it persistently breaks the rules.

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