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The capital and largest city of Latvia on the Gulf of Riga, an inlet of the Baltic Sea bordering on Latvia and Estonia. Founded as a trading post on a site originally inhabited by Baltic tribes, the city became a member of the Hanseatic League in 1282 and later passed to Poland (1581), Sweden (1621), and Russia (1710).
(Placename) the capital of Latvia, on the Gulf of Riga at the mouth of the Western Dvina on the Baltic Sea: a port and major trading centre since Viking times. Pop: 739 232 (2002 est)
1. the capital of Latvia, on the Gulf of Riga. 915,000.
2. Gulf of, an arm of the Baltic between Latvia and Estonia. 90 mi. (145 km) long.
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|Noun||1.||Riga - a port city on the Gulf of Riga that is the capital and largest city of Latvia; formerly a member of the Hanseatic League|
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