Definitions

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

  • A region of southeast Europe on the Balkan Peninsula roughly coextensive with ancient Macedon and including parts of modern-day Greece, Bulgaria, and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. After the fall of the Alexandrian empire, it was held by Romans, Byzantines, Bulgars, Serbs, and Turks. The present division was largely determined after the Second Balkan War (1913).
  • A country of the south-central Balkan Peninsula. It was a constituent republic of the former Yugoslavia until it declared its independence in 1991. Skopje is the capital and the largest city.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • proper noun An ancient Greek kingdom north of Thessaly, usually termed Macedon in English.
  • proper noun The territory of the ancient kingdom, comprising of the Greek city of Thessaloniki and its surroundings.
  • proper noun Republic of Macedonia, country in Europe. Provisionally designated by the UN and others as the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.
  • proper noun The largest and second most populous region of Greece, comprising the regions of West Macedonia, Central Macedonia and East Macedonia and Thrace.
  • proper noun The part of the region in south-western Bulgaria.
  • proper noun The whole region including parts of SW Bulgaria, north Greece and south former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.

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

  • noun the ancient kingdom of Philip II and Alexander the Great in the southeastern Balkans that is now divided among modern Macedonia and Greece and Bulgaria
  • noun landlocked republic on the Balkan Peninsula; achieved independence from Yugoslavia in 1991

Etymologies

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From Ancient Greek Μακεδονία (Makedonia, "Macedonia"), from μακεδονία (makedonia, "highland"), from μακεδνός (makednos, "high, tall").

Examples

  • This petition states that Ancient Macedonians don´t have anything to do with the Modern Macedonians, and therefore the United States should not recognize Macedonia by the name ´Republic of Macedonia´ - its constitutional name.

    American Chronicle

  • Stephen Miller repeated the old ´Republic of Macedonia is only a small part of Ancient Macedonia´ argument that Hammond used to state in the 1990s.

    American Chronicle

  • The majority of Greeks also feel strongly that the term Macedonia is of Hellenic origin, while Macedonians argue it is an integral part of their Slavic identity and they will not accept to change it, our correspondent says.

    BBC News - Home

  • Make no mistake: Given this sensitive region's historical baggage, the monopolization of the term Macedonia by a single state is in no way conducive to good neighborly relations or regional stability.

    All in a Name

  • Greece has long-term concerns that the use by the FYROM of the name Macedonia will eventually lead to the country, possibly together with Bulgaria, staking claims to parts of modern Greece.

    SFGate: Don Asmussen: Bad Reporter

  • The two countries have been at loggerheads since Macedonia proclaimed independence from the former Yugoslavia in 1991, with Greece insisting that the use of the name Macedonia implies a claim on Greek territory.

    Yahoo! News: Business - Opinion

  • When you are saying the word Macedonia is Greek, you totally are mistaken, and here is why;

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  • When you are saying the word Macedonia is Greek, you totally are mistaken, and here is why;

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  • ‡ Greece has objected to the republic’s adoption of the name Macedonia, which is also the name of a Greek province and which to the Greeks has been historically associated with Alexander the Great and ancient Greece.

    Macedonia

  • The world court ruled Monday that Greece was wrong to block Macedonia's bid to join NATO in 2008 because of a long-running dispute over the fledgling country's use of the name Macedonia.

    SFGate: Don Asmussen: Bad Reporter

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