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

  • A former country of central Europe bordering on the North Sea. It was part of Germany until 1945, when the country was divided into US, French, British, and Soviet zones of occupation. In 1949 the three western zones were reconstituted as West Germany; the Soviet zone became East Germany. West Germany was reunified with East Germany in 1990.

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  • proper noun A former country in Europe, now part of Germany. Officially called the Federal Republic of Germany (FRG).

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  • noun a republic in north central Europe on the North Sea; established in 1949 from the zones of Germany occupied by the British and French and Americans after the German defeat; reunified with East Germany in 1990


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