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

  • A region and peninsula of southern Ukraine on the Black Sea and Sea of Azov. In ancient times it was colonized by Greeks and Romans and later overrun by Ostrogoths, Huns, and Mongols. Conquered by the Ottoman Turks in 1475, the area was annexed by Russia in 1783. The peninsula was the scene of the Crimean War (1853-1856), in which a coalition of English, French, and Turkish troops defeated the Russians, although Crimea itself did not change hands. It became an autonomous Russian republic in 1921 and a Ukrainian oblast in 1954.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. A peninsula in southern Ukraine, surrounded by the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov.
  • proper n. An autonomous republic within Ukraine, occupying the peninsula, officially the Autonomous Republic Crimea.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a Ukrainian peninsula between the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov.

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

  • n. a Ukrainian peninsula between the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov


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  • The word Crimea, Krym, sounds like “cream”—sumptuous, hedonistic, melting on my tongue, with a sweet aftertaste of decadence and longing.

    A Mountain of Crumbs

  • One report speculated that the president could avoid elections and impose his will by declaring a state of emergency in Crimea where the Russian Black Sea fleet is based.

    tymoshenko + yanukovych = pro russian ukraine

  • Mrs Duberley's War: Journal and Letters From the Crimea is back in print again for the first time since its publication in 1855 and you will want to read this in tandem with No Place For Ladies because I think the books complement each other perfectly.

    Mrs Duberley's Diary Wednesday March 21st 1855

  • We remember Gorbachev sitting down in Crimea under house arrest in August of 1991.

    How the Cold War Ended

  • He only had about 2,000 or 3,000 men with him, and the neck of the Crimea is seven miles wide, but he kept off thirteen Bolshevist attacks, five of which were serious, two of which got bang into the Crimea, but he routed them and held on to the Crimea until the very last.

    The Situation in Russia

  • I have been ill: and to be ill in the Crimea is no light matter, as many beside me can testify.

    Journal Kept During The Russian War: From The Departure Of The Army From England In April 1854, To The Fall Of Sebastopol

  • "Crimea" -- which divides the three stanzas into six, and breaks the continuity of the hymn.

    The Story of the Hymns and Tunes

  • I'll tell you something else, which military historians never realize: they call the Crimea a disaster, which it was, and a hideous botch-up by our staff and supply, which is also true, but what they don't know is that even with all these things in the balance against you, the difference between hellish catastrophe and brilliant success is sometimes no greater than the width of a sabre blade, but when all is over no one thinks of that.

    The Sky Writer

  • Window on Eurasia writes about the Crimean Tatar opposition to Russia's military presence in Crimea.

    Global Voices in English » EU: Russophone Bloggers React to Dairy Farmers’ Protest

  • His histories of the Crimea are the work of a brilliant newspaperman, and even those who question his criticism of Raglan and other British leaders (see Colonel Adye's The Crimean War) acknowledge the quality of his reporting.

    The Sky Writer


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