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Gdańsk(gə-dänsk′, -dănsk′, -dīnsk′) also Dan·zig (dăn′sĭg, dän′tsĭk)
A city of northern Poland near the mouth of the Vistula River on the Gulf of Gdańsk, an inlet of the Baltic Sea. An old Slavic settlement, Gdańsk was a part of the Hanseatic League after the 13th century and was later ruled by Poland and Prussia before it was made a free city again by the Treaty of Versailles (1919). Hitler's demand that Gdańsk be returned to Germany led to his invasion of Poland and the beginning of World War II (September 1939). The city was taken by the Russians in 1945 and subsequently restored to Poland. It is a major port and shipbuilding center.
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1. (Placename) the chief port of Poland, on the Baltic: a member of the Hanseatic league; under Prussian rule (1793–1807 and 1814–1919); a free city under the League of Nations from 1919 until annexed by Germany in 1939; returned to Poland in 1945. Pop: 851 000 (2005 est). German name: Danzig
2. (Placename) Bay of Gdańsk a wide inlet of the Baltic Sea on the N coast of Poland
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a seaport in N Poland, on the Baltic Sea. 467,000. German, Danzig.
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|Noun||1.||Gdansk - a port city of northern Poland near the mouth of the Vistula River on a gulf of the Baltic Sea; a member of the Hanseatic League in the 14th century|
Hanseatic League - a commercial and defensive confederation of free cities in northern Germany and surrounding areas; formed in 1241 and most influential in the 14th century when it included over 100 towns and functioned as an independent political power; the last official assembly was held in 1669
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