from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- A country of central Europe bordering on the Baltic Sea. Unified as a kingdom in the 10th century, it enjoyed a golden age under the Jagiello dynasty (1386-1572) and was a major power in the 15th and 16th centuries. National independence was lost in 1697 and it was carved up among other states in three partitions (1772, 1793, and 1795). Poland then disappeared as a geographic entity until its reconstitution as a republic in 1918. Its present boundaries date from the end of World War II. Warsaw is the capital and the largest city. Population: 38,500,000.
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- proper n. A country in Central Europe. Official name: Republic of Poland.
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- n. a republic in central Europe; the invasion of Poland by Germany in 1939 started World War II
From the name of the West Slavic tribe Polans (in Polish: Polanie) from Old Slavic pole, precursor of Polish polje ("field"). (Wiktionary)