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 (trăn′sĭl-vān′yə, -vā′nē-ə)
A historical region of western Romania bounded by the Carpathian Mountains. Part of the Roman province of Dacia after ad 107, it was later overrun by Germanic peoples and came under Hungarian rule in 1003. Transylvania passed to various powers over the following centuries and finally became part of modern-day Romania in the early 20th century.

Tran′syl·va′ni·an adj. & n.
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(Placename) a region of central and NW Romania: belonged to Hungary from the 11th century until 1918; restored to Romania in 1947
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(ˌtræn sɪlˈveɪn yə, -ˈveɪ ni ə)

a region in central Romania: formerly part of Hungary. 24,027 sq. mi. (62,230 sq. km).
Tran`syl•va′nian, adj., n.
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Noun1.Transylvania - a historical plateau region in northwestern Romania that is separated from the rest of the country by the Transylvanian Alps; originally part of Hungary; incorporated into Romania at the end of World War I
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Having had some time at my disposal when in London, I had visited the British Museum, and made search among the books and maps in the library regarding Transylvania; it had struck me that some foreknowledge of the country could hardly fail to have some importance in dealing with a nobleman of that country.
I find that the district he named is in the extreme east of the country, just on the borders of three states, Transylvania, Moldavia, and Bukovina, in the midst of the Carpathian mountains; one of the wildest and least known portions of Europe.
In the population of Transylvania there are four distinct nationalities: Saxons in the South, and mixed with them the Wallachs, who are the descendants of the Dacians; Magyars in the West, and Szekelys in the East and North.
I have no objection to any amount of blue sky in its proper place (it can be found at the 4000 level for practically twelve months out of the year), but I submit, with all deference to the educational needs of Transylvania, that "skylarking" in the centre of a main-travelled road where, at the best of times, electricity literally drips off one's stanchions and screw blades, is unnecessary.
For some time no more was heard of them; then news came of Ellen's marriage to an immensely rich Polish nobleman of legendary fame, whom she had met at a ball at the Tuileries, and who was said to have princely establishments in Paris, Nice and Florence, a yacht at Cowes, and many square miles of shooting in Transylvania. She disappeared in a kind of sulphurous apotheosis, and when a few years later Medora again came back to New York, subdued, impoverished, mourning a third husband, and in quest of a still smaller house, people wondered that her rich niece had not been able to do something for her.
The 14th century Bran Castle - touted as "Dracula's Castle" - has been serving for ages as a military fortress controlling the entry route to Transylvania and best known through its association with Dracula's myth.
A historian of political life in modern Transylvania, of the Orthodox Church in the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and of family life, he seeks to rehabilitate Mangra's reputation, drawing mostly on new information from the Metropolitan Library in Sibiu.
He explained that Romania was not created until 1862 when several states merged, one of which was Transylvania, a word meaning "across the wooded slopes".
The present study concerns a border region between Western and Eastern Europe, generically referred to as Transylvania. (1) Far from being a dividing line, this border was in fact an area of comprehensive contacts--encompassing several countries, among them the two neighbouring principalities (Wallachia or "Wallachia near Hungary" = Ungrovlahia, and Moldova or "Wallachia near Russia" = Rusovlahia)--that led to a combination between Western and Eastern elements of culture and civilization.
Tens of thousands of people gathered on muddy slopes in Transylvania on Saturday to see Pope Francis visit one of Romania's most popular Catholic shrines as bad weather disrupted his second day in the country.
Wednesday, Barker's car was found wrecked along Highway 64 in Transylvania County.