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

  • The capital and largest city of Lithuania, in the southeast part of the country. Founded in 1323, Vilnius developed into a center of Jewish learning in the 1700s and 1800s. The city was occupied by Soviet troops in 1939, becoming the capital of the Lithuanian Soviet Socialist Republic in 1940. After a period of occupation by Germany (1941–1944) during which most of the city's Jewish community was exterminated, Vilnius reverted to Soviet rule, eventually becoming the capital of independent Lithuania (1991).

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  • proper noun The capital of Lithuania.

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  • noun the capital and largest city of Lithuania; located in southeastern Lithuania

Etymologies

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From Lithuanian, after the Vilnia River, from vilnis ("wave").

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