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

  • A region that constitutes the northern part of Bosnia and Herzegovina. It was settled by Slavs in the 7th century and became an independent state in the 12th century. Bosnia was controlled after 1463 by Turkey and after 1878 by the Austro-Hungarian Empire, which formally annexed Bosnia in 1908. After World War II Bosnia and Herzegovina formed a constituent republic of Yugoslavia.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • proper noun Northern 75% of the country of Bosnia and Herzegovina, representing a geographic and historical entity, not an administrative unit.
  • proper noun Short form of Bosnia and Herzegovina, used to refer to the whole country in general.

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

  • noun the northern part of Bosnia-Herzegovina
  • noun a mountainous republic of south-central Europe; formerly part of the Ottoman Empire and then a part of Yugoslavia; voted for independence in 1992 but the mostly Serbian army of Yugoslavia refused to accept the vote and began ethnic cleansing in order to rid Bosnia of its Croats and Muslims


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