Berlin

biographical name
Ber·​lin | \ (ˌ)bər-ˈlin How to pronounce Berlin (audio) \

Definition of Berlin

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Irving Israel Isidore Beilin 1888–1989 American (Russian-born) composer

Berlin

geographical name
Ber·​lin | \ (ˌ)bər-ˈlin How to pronounce Berlin (audio) , G ber-ˈlēn \

Definition of Berlin (Entry 2 of 2)

city comprising a state of Germany; capital of Germany on the Spree River population 3,388,434

Note: Berlin was made the capital of Prussia in 1701 and later became the capital of Germany. After World War II it was partitioned into East Berlin, which became the capital of East Germany in 1949 , and West Berlin, which became a state of West Germany (although not formally incorporated as such) in 1948 . Reunified Berlin became the official capital of reunified Germany in 1990.

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Berliner \ (ˌ)bər-​ˈli-​nər How to pronounce Berlin (audio) \ noun

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“Berlin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Berlin. Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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