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

  • A city of southwest Russia at the foot of the Caucasus Mountains north-northwest of Tbilisi, Georgia. Founded in 1784 as a fortress, it is a metallurgical and industrial center. From 1932-1943 and from 1955-1990 it was known as Ordzhonikidze. Population: 314,000.

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  • proper n. a city, capital city of the Republic of North Ossetia-Alania, Russia.


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From Russian Владикавказ (Vladikavkaz).


  • Kazbek Basayev/Reuters SNOW CLEARING: A member of a Russian emergency services special unit fired a shell in the mountains along the Transcaucasian highway, some 68 miles from the southern Russian city of Vladikavkaz, in hopes of clearing snow from the slopes to prevent avalanches along the road.

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  • He was speaking in Vladikavkaz, a city in the heart of the volatile North Caucasus region, where Islamist terrorist attacks are almost-daily events.

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  • After vacationing in Vladikavkaz, he strolled back to Moskva in something of a roundabout way, by way of Akhtyrka and Okhtyrka, splendidly renewed.

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  • Lermontov had remained behind in Vladikavkaz, and Paradjanov waved from somewhere in the Caucasus.

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  • For more details, here's Graham Hales:"Alania Vladikavkaz qualified for Europe last season through the Russian Cup despite not winning a single game or even scoring a goal," writes Graham.

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  • But they've got nothing on Russian side Alania Vladikavkaz, who crawled all the way to the final of the Russian Cup without even scoring a goal.

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  • Kazbek Basayev/Reuters OUT IN THE COLD: A South Ossetian refugee, who was expelled from his residence in Georgia in the early 1990s, looked on from a balcony of his shelter in Vladikavkaz, Russia, Tuesday.

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  • Foreign journalists in the Russian-controlled part of the conflict zone are driven in trucks, buses and armored personnel carriers from Vladikavkaz, in Russia, to Tskhinvali, the capital of South Ossetia, but are not allowed to stop and get out in any of the villages along the way.

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  • Russian officials say a suicide bomber drove up to a market in central Vladikavkaz, with an explosives-packed car, and then detonated himself, sending metal bolts and bars flying into the busy area just before lunchtime.

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  • Kazbeg Basayev/Reuters BOMB AFTERMATH: A suicide bomb killed at least 17 people, including the bomber, in Vladikavkaz, Russia, Thursday.

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