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 (vĭl′nē-əs) or Vil·na (-nə)
The capital and largest city of Lithuania, in the southeast part of the country. Founded in 1323, Vilnius developed into a center of Jewish learning in the 1700s and 1800s. The city was occupied by Soviet troops in 1939, becoming the capital of the Lithuanian Soviet Socialist Republic in 1940. After a period of occupation by Germany (1941-1944) during which most of the city's Jewish community was exterminated, Vilnius reverted to Soviet rule, eventually becoming the capital of independent Lithuania (1991).
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(ˈvɪlnɪʊs) or


(Placename) the capital of Lithuania: passed to Russia in 1795; under Polish rule (1920–39); university (1578); an industrial and commercial centre. Pop: 544 000 (2005 est). Russian name: Vilna Polish name: Wilno
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(ˈvɪl niˌʊs)

the capital of Lithuania, in the SE part. 582,000.
Russian, Vil•na (ˈvyil nə; Eng. ˈvɪl nə)
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Noun1.Vilnius - the capital and largest city of LithuaniaVilnius - the capital and largest city of Lithuania; located in southeastern Lithuania
Lietuva, Lithuania, Republic of Lithuania - a republic in northeastern Europe on the Baltic Sea
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Liekis (politics/Vilnius Yiddish Institute, Mykolas Romeris U.), treats Vilnuis as an under- studied case in World War II history of a city with large Polish and Jewish populations that did not fall to the Nazis.
Another team smashed into last night were Aalborg, who were backed off the boards to beat Lithuanian outfit Zalgiris Vilnuis. The Danes started at 5-4 before shortening to 1-3 with a number of bookies.
Scotland Under-21 boss Bonhoff will fly with the German team to the Faroes today on a spying mission ahead of our next group game on September 6th at Hampden while Vogts jets out to Vilnuis to watch Iceland's clash with Lithuania.