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The capital and largest city of Germany, in the northeast part of the country. Founded in the 13th century, it was the capital of the kingdom of Prussia from 1701 and the capital of the German Empire (1871-1918), the Weimar Republic (1919-1933), and the Third Reich (1933-1945). The city was divided between 1945 and 1990 into East Berlin and West Berlin, which division grew out of the zones of occupation established at the end of World War II. The Berlin Wall, a wire and concrete barrier, was erected by the East German government in August 1961 and dismantled in November 1989.


or ber·line  (bər-lĭn′)
A four-wheeled closed carriage with an exposed seat to the rear.

[After BerlinGermany.]
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(bɜːˈlɪn; German bɛrˈliːn)
(Placename) the capital of Germany (1871–1945 and from 1990), formerly divided (1945–90) into the eastern sector, capital of East Germany, and the western sectors, which formed an exclave in East German territory closely affiliated with West Germany: a wall dividing the sectors was built in 1961 by the East German authorities to stop the flow of refugees from east to west; demolition of the wall began in 1989 and the city was formally reunited in 1990: formerly (1618–1871) the capital of Brandenburg and Prussia. Pop: 3 388 477 (2003 est)


1. (Biography) Irving. original name Israel Baline, 1888–1989, US composer and writer of lyrics, born in Russia. His musical comedies include Annie Get Your Gun (1946); his most popular song is White Christmas
2. (Biography) Sir Isaiah. 1909–97, British philosopher, born in Latvia, historian, and diplomat. His books include Historical Inevitability (1954) and The Magus of the North (1993)


(bəˈlɪn; ˈbɜːlɪn)
1. (Textiles) (sometimes capital) Also called: berlin wool a fine wool yarn used for tapestry work, etc
2. (Automotive Engineering) a four-wheeled two-seated covered carriage, popular in the 18th century
3. (Automotive Engineering) a limousine with a glass partition between the front and rear seats
Also called (for senses 2, 3): berline
[C18: named after Berlin]
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1. Irving, 1888–1989, U.S. songwriter.
2. Isaiah, 1909–97, British philosopher and scholar, born in Russia.
3. the capital of Germany, in the NE part: constitutes a state. 3,472,009; 341 sq. mi. (883 sq. km). Formerly (1948–90) divided into a western zone (West Berlin), a part of West Germany; and an eastern zone (East Berlin), the capital of East Germany.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Berlin - capital of Germany located in eastern GermanyBerlin - capital of Germany located in eastern Germany
Deutschland, FRG, Germany, Federal Republic of Germany - a republic in central Europe; split into East Germany and West Germany after World War II and reunited in 1990
West Berlin - the part of Berlin under United States and British and French control until 1989
Berliner - an inhabitant of Berlin
2.Berlin - United States songwriter (born in Russia) who wrote more than 1500 songs and several musical comedies (1888-1989) - a limousine with a glass partition between the front and back seats
limo, limousine - large luxurious car; usually driven by a chauffeur
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A. NBerlín m
East/West BerlinBerlín Este/Oeste
B. CPDberlinés
the Berlin Wall Nel Muro de Berlín
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[bɜːrˈlɪn] nBerlin
East Berlin → Berlin Est
West Berlin → Berlin OuestBerlin Wall n
the Berlin Wall → le mur de Berlin
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nBerlin nt; the Berlin Walldie Mauer
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[bɜːˈlɪn] nBerlino f
East/West Berlin → Berlino est/ovest
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After the country was divided at the end of the Second World War, East Berlin became the capital of East Germany while the west part of the city - which the Queen's tour included - became a western enclave surrounded by the Berlin Wall.