from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • A historical region of Croatia between the Drava and Sava rivers. Originally part of the Roman province of Pannonia, it became a Slavic state in the seventh century and has long been allied with Croatia. Part of Yugoslavia after 1918, Slavonia was invaded by Serbia in 1991 following Croatia's declaration of independence from Yugoslavia. Croatia regained control of western Slavonia in 1995 and eastern Slavonia in 1998.

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  • proper n. A geographical region and a former kingdom in eastern Croatia.


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  • The first ship to transmit an SOS distress call was the Cunard liner Slavonia on June 10, 1909, when it went aground on rocks off the Azores.

    Boing Boing

  • Here, Serbs who live across the Croatian border in Slavonia offer to exchange their homes with Croats eager to get out of Hrtkovci.

    The Push For National 'Purity'

  • Under UN supervision, the last Serb-held enclave in eastern Slavonia was returned to Croatia in 1998.


  • Tudjman supposedly took his fountain pen and drew an S-curve through the center of Bosnia, with Krajina and Sarajevo on the Croat side and Tuzla and eastern Slavonia for the Serbs.

    Softening Up The Enemy

  • In the fall of 1605, Pont-Gravé agreed that Champlain might have a look, with maître Jacques, one of the miners from Slavonia.17

    Champlain's Dream

  • By treaty, the Ottomans were forced to cede Croatia, Hungary, Transylvania, and Slavonia to Austria.


  • But the advance of the Italian troops into the hills of Slavonia and Croatia was not as rapid as had been expected.

    The Shape of Things to Come

  • When I read this, I thought "I'm probably one of the few readers not of Yugoslav background who knows where Slavonia is without looking it up," and then "I wonder if it's a misprint?" SLAVONIAN.

  • At least they speak Croatian in Slavonia I'm not commenting on that dire "Serbo-Croatian" issue. SLAVONIAN.

  • They seem to nest all over the nearctic and palearctic, not just Slavonia. SLAVONIAN.


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