Meaning of “the Balkans” in the English Dictionary

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"the Balkans" in British English

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the Balkansnoun [ plural ]

uk /ˈbɔːl.kənz/ us /ˈbɔːl.kənz/

Examples from literature

  • But in the Balkans these problems will be more complicated because of conflicting interests, and most complicated of all will they be in Turkey. 
  • Consider what is taking place now in the Balkans, what blood is being shed. 
  • It is well said that Greek influence in the Balkans extends no further inland than that of the sea breezes. 
  • Sympathy with the revolt in the Balkans was therefore confined to nationalist enthusiasts in the towns of Russia. 
  • The present war in the Balkans furnishes a parallel of these conditions. 

(Definition of “the Balkans” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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