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

  • A region and autonomous republic of northwest Russia between the Gulf of Finland and the White Sea. First mentioned in the ninth century, the area later came under Swedish domination and was annexed by Russia in 1721. It constituted the Karelian Soviet Socialist Republic from 1923 to 1940 and from 1956 to 1991, when it became a republic of Russia.

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  • proper n. A region to the north of Saint Petersburg in Russia and Finland.
  • proper n. An autonomous republic of Russia, official name the Republic of Karelia.

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  • n. a region in Finland and Russia between the Gulf of Finland and the White Sea


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  • Karelia is a region that encompasses both sides of the Finnish/Russian border and the ensemble's music is an exciting and interesting mix of Finnish, Russian and Karelian cultures.

    Another Day in the Ketchup Mine

  • Wood initially founded Karelia, which is named after a musical suite by Finnish composer Jean Sibelius, after the dot-com bust at the beginning of the decade.

    E-Commerce Times

  • From Karelia on the Finnish border to Sakha in Eastern Siberia, leaders of autonomous republics began demanding new cultural and political rights, adopting their own constitutions, anthems, and flags, asserting the superiority of their laws over federal ones, even declaring themselves sovereign states.

    The Return

  • Since 1990, ethnically distinct Russian provinces from Karelia to Tyva had been declaring themselves sovereign states; adopting constitutions, flags, and national anthems; asserting the supremacy of their local laws; and claiming natural resources on their territory.

    The Return

  • The case is reportedly similar to one that took place two years ago in the town of Kandalaksha, in the northern Karelia republic.

    Russian Bears Eating Corpses

  • In Karelia, one bear learned how to [open a coffin].

    Russian Bears Eating Corpses

  • Authorities are blaming pilot error for a plane crash in Russia's northern republic of Karelia that killed 44 people after slamming into the ground and catching fire.

    44 Die in Russian Plane Crash

  • Petrozavodsk is in the in the province of Karelia, 640km 400 miles north-west of Moscow.

    Russia plane crash kills at least 44

  • And this, of course, has nothing whatsoever to do with any Karelia.

    Matthew Yglesias » Ehud Barak: Peace or Apartheid

  • Karelia, Manchuria and French Indochina, for instance.

    Boys, Men and the War-Strategy Game


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