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

  • A historical region and former margraviate of north-central Germany around which the kingdom of Prussia developed. The region is now divided between Poland and Germany.
  • A city of northeast Germany on the Havel River west-southwest of Berlin. It is an industrial center.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A kind of ornamental buttons with loops, worn on the front of a man's coat. See frog.
  • noun An ornamental facing on a military coat, having somewhat the character of the preceding, and forming parallel bars of embroidery: peculair to certain uniforms, such as those worn by hussars and the like.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A kind of decoration for the breast of a coat, sometimes only a frog with a loop, but in some military uniforms enlarged into a broad horizontal stripe.

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

  • proper noun One of the component states of Germany according to the current administrative division of the nation (Land Brandenburg).
  • proper noun One of the historical provinces of the Kingdom of Prussia and the Free State of Prussia from 1815 to 1946, and from 1871 within the German Reich (Mark Brandenburg, Provinz Brandenburg).
  • proper noun A town in Germany (Brandenburg an der Havel).

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

  • noun the territory of an Elector (of the Holy Roman Empire) that expanded to become the kingdom of Prussia in 1701


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