from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- An ancient region of the Balkan Peninsula on the Adriatic coast. Occupied in prehistoric times by an Indo-European-speaking people, the area became the Roman province of Illyricum after the final conquest of the Illyrians in 35-33 B.C. The name was revived by Napoleon for the provinces of Illyria (1809-1815) and retained for the kingdom of Illyria, a division of Austria from 1816 to 1849.
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- proper n. A region in the western part of today's Balkan Peninsula that was inhabited by the Illyrians, ancient Indo-European people.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an uncertain region on the east shore of the Adriatic where an ancient Indo-European people once lived
From Ancient Greek Ἰλλυρία (Illuría). (Wiktionary)