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.
From the German Berlin. (Wiktionary)