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

  • The Byzantine Empire.
  • An ancient city of Thrace on the site of present-day Istanbul, Turkey. It was founded by the Greeks in the seventh century B.C. and taken by the Romans in A.D. 196. Constantine I ordered the rebuilding of the city in 330 and renamed it Constantinople.

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  • proper n. The ancient Greek city situated on the Bosporus, named Constantinople in 330 CE, and now known as Istanbul.
  • proper n. The Byzantine Empire.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • proper n. An ancient city on the Bosporus founded by the Greeks. It was later renamed Constaninople in honor of the emperor Constantine, and renamed Istanbul by the Turks, which name it still retains.

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

  • n. a continuation of the Roman Empire in the Middle East after its division in 395
  • n. an ancient city on the Bosporus founded by the Greeks; site of modern Istanbul; in 330 Constantine I rebuilt the city and called it Constantinople and made it his capital


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