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

  • A historical region and former kingdom of north-central Europe including present-day northern Germany and Poland. Its ancient inhabitants, of Baltic stock, were conquered by the Teutonic Knights in the 13th century. West Prussia was ceded to Poland in 1466, and East Prussia became a Polish fief that passed to Brandenburg in 1618. The kingdom of Prussia was proclaimed in 1701 and was greatly expanded and fortified by Emperor Frederick II (reigned 1740-1786). Prussia was instrumental in the unification of Germany, and in 1871 its king was declared Emperor William I of Germany. The state became a republic in 1918 and was formally abolished after World War II.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. A geographical area on the Baltic coast of northeastern Europe.
  • proper n. A Baltic country located in this area, conquered by the Teutonic Order and ultimately absorbed into Germany.
  • proper n. A German province which was originally located in this area but later greatly expanded, and which was the predecessor to and a member of the German Empire; abolished as an administrative unit at the end of the Second World War.

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

  • n. a former kingdom in north-central Europe including present-day northern Germany and northern Poland


From the New Latin Prussia, a Latinization used by Peter of Dusburg of a Baltic-language autonym. The Middle English designation for the region, Pruce, derives from the same Latinization and is the source of the term spruce. (Wiktionary)



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