Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • The capital and largest city of Iraq, in the center of the country on the Tigris River. Founded in the eighth century, it was heavily damaged by US forces during the Gulf War and the Iraq War.

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  • proper noun The capital of, and largest city in Iraq, situated in the center of the country on the Tigris river; an ancient city and historical center of the Muslim world.

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  • noun capital and largest city of Iraq; located on the Tigris River

Etymologies

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From Middle Persian  (bag-dād, bag-dāt, "given by god"). Compare Avestan  (bağō-dâta).

Examples

  • BAGHDAD — Iraqi men held for months at a secret prison outside Baghdad were systematically tortured and forced to sign confession statements that in at least some cases they were forbidden to read, according to a new report by a human rights group released Wednesday.

    Iraq Prison Torture: Muthanna Inmates Reportedly Suffered Rape, Electric Shock, Severe Beatings

  • BAGHDAD — Suicide bombers in a crowded Baghdad commercial district and Saddam Hussein's hometown of Tikrit killed as many as 33 people Sunday as insurgents tried to turn a monthslong deadlock over forming a new Iraqi government to their advantage.

    Iraq Suicide Bombs Kill 33 In Baghdad, Tikrit

  • BAGHDAD -- Two car bombs exploded near a government-owned bank in central Baghdad on Sunday, killing at least 26 people and injuring more than 53, police said.

    Blasts near government bank kill at least 26 in Baghdad

  • BAGHDAD mdash; Suicide bombers in a crowded Baghdad commercial district and Saddam Hussein's hometown of Tikrit killed as many as 33 people Sunday as insurgents ...

    Iraq Suicide Bombs Kill 33 In Baghdad, Tikrit

  • BAGHDAD — The U.S. will appeal a court decision dismissing manslaughter charges against five Blackwater Worldwide guards involved in a deadly 2007 Baghdad shooting, U. S ....

    Tom Engelhardt: The CIA Surges

  • BAGHDAD -- Two car bombs exploded near a government-owned bank in central Baghdad on Sunday, killing at least 26 people and injuring more than 53 others, police said.

    Car bombs near bank in Baghdad kill at least 26 people

  • BAGHDAD -- Two car bombs targeting pilgrims in the southern city of Kabala killed at least 20 people Monday evening, and a bombing outside the Baghdad bureau of a popular Arab satellite television station left at least six people dead earlier in the day, Iraqi officials said.

    Bombings leave at least 20 dead in Iraqi city of Karbala

  • BAGHDAD — Vice President Joe Biden brought Washington's concerns about Iraqi political tensions directly to leaders in Baghdad on Friday, but officials appeared to leave ...

    Marwan Bishara: Is al-Qaeda Winning?

  • BAGHDAD — The U.S. will appeal a court decision dismissing manslaughter charges against five Blackwater Worldwide guards involved in a deadly 2007 Baghdad shooting, U. S ....

    Michael Brenner: Cooling It On al-Qaeda

  • BAGHDAD — Suicide bombers in a crowded Baghdad commercial district and Saddam Hussein's hometown of Tikrit killed as many as 33 people Sunday as insurgents tried to turn a monthslong deadlock over forming a new Iraqi government to their advantage.

    Iraq Suicide Bombs Kill 33 In Baghdad, Tikrit

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