from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th 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 BC. 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 noun A region in the western part of today's Balkan Peninsula that was inhabited by the Illyrians, ancient Indo-European people.

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  • noun an uncertain region on the east shore of the Adriatic where an ancient Indo-European people once lived


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From Ancient Greek Ἰλλυρία (Illuría).


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