Istanbul

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geographical name Is·tan·bul \ˌis-tən-ˈbül, -ˌtan-, -ˌtän-, -ˈbu̇l, ˈis-tən-ˌ, or with m for n\
variants: or formerly

Constantinople

play \ˌkän-ˌstan-tə-ˈnō-pəl\ or ancient

Byzantium

play \bə-ˈzan-tē-əm, -ˈzan-sh(ē-)əm\

Definition of Istanbul

  1. city in northwestern Turkey partly in Europe and partly in Asia on the Bosporus and the Sea of Marmara; capital of Turkey before its independence in 1923 and earlier capital of the Ottoman Empire population 12,500,000


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Istanbul

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Definition of Istanbul for English Language Learners

  • : city in Turkey


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