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

  • A region and former kingdom of Asia Minor that included present-day Armenia and part of northeast Turkey and northwest Iran. Established in the eighth century B.C., it was probably the first state to adopt Christianity as a national religion (c. A.D. 303).
  • A country of Asia Minor east of Turkey and north of Iran. Acquired by Russia from Persia in 1828, it became a Soviet republic in 1921 and was a constituent republic of the USSR, known as the Armenian Soviet Socialist Republic, from 1936 to 1991. Yerevan is the capital. Population: 2,970,000.
  • A city of west-central Colombia west of Bogotá. It is an industrial center and transportation hub. Population: 279,000.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. 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 n. A small country in Western Asia. Official name: Republic of Armenia. Official language: Armenian. Capital: Yerevan.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

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

  • n. 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


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. (Wiktionary)



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