Definitions

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

  • A republic of the western Balkan Peninsula. Settled by Slavs around 600, the area was under Turkish rule from 1389 to 1913 and became part of Yugoslavia after World War I. An autonomous region of Serbia after 1946, Kosovo lost much of its autonomy in 1990, leading to ethnic violence between Kosovo's Albanian and Serb populations. Intervention by NATO and the United Nations reestablished peace in 1999. In 2008, Kosovo declared independence; however, its sovereignty was not universally recognized at that time. Population: 2,200,000.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. A disputed region in the Balkans, considered by Serbia as one of its two autonomous provinces.
  • proper n. One of five administrative districts of the above region as viewed by the Serbian government.
  • proper n. The Republic of Kosovo, a country in the Balkans.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a Serbian province in southern Serbia and Montenegro populated predominantly by Albanians

Etymologies

Shortened form of Serbo-Croatian Косово поље (Kosovo polje, "blackbirds’ field"), from косово (kosovo), posessive form of кос (kos, "blackbird"), and поље (polje, "field"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Hazir Reka/Reuters KOSOVO CONFLICT: NATO soldiers took a break during a patrol in the northern part of the ethnically divided town of Mitrovica, Kosovo, Monday.

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  • KOSOVO JOURNEY: Serbian president Boris Tadic visits the 14th century Orthodox monastery in the western Kosovo town of Decani, April 17 2009.

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  • Prof. Vidkunn Hveding Oslo, NorwayTHE KOSOVO CONUNDRUMWhat a courageous article John Barry and Evan Thomas wrote ( "The Kosovo Cover-Up," EUROPE, May 15)!

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  • The authors 'claim that the situation surrounding the demise of Yugoslavia and the ethnic conflict in Kosovo is "unique" and thus only applicable to Kosovo is laughable.

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  • Neither there nor in Kosovo is an exit strategy evident, because the departure of the international community would leave both places with the intractable political problems that led to intervention in the first place.

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  • The allied effort in Kosovo is for Clinton and his associates the gold standard of international peacekeeping cooperation.

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  • The task in Kosovo is dangerous, painstaking and expensive.

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  • The mine action problem in Kosovo is one we have seen all too often-in Bosnia, Afghanistan, Cambodia, Mozambique and many other countries.

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  • Speaking in The Hague, Serbia's Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremic had earlier warned that all the world's borders would be at risk if the ICJ backed what he termed Kosovo's "secession".

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  • Speaking in The Hague, Serbia's Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremic had earlier warned that all the world's borders would be at risk if the ICJ backed what he termed Kosovo's

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