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A historical region and former duchy of Italy in present-day northeast Italy and Slovenia. Occupied by the Romans in the second century bc, it became a Lombard duchy in the sixth century ad and was conquered by various peoples and states before being ceded to Italy in 1866 (the western part) and 1919 (the eastern part). Eastern Friuli was awarded to Yugoslavia by treaty in 1947, passing to Slovenia upon Slovenia's independence from Yugoslavia in 1991.
(Placename) a historic region of SW Europe, between the Carnic Alps and the Gulf of Venice: the W part (Venetian Friuli) was ceded by Austria to Italy in 1866 and Eastern Friuli in 1919; in 1947 Eastern Friuli (except Gorizia) was ceded to Yugoslavia