Istanbul: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (is"tän-bl', -tan- is'tän-b&oobrevel", -tan- Turk. is-täm'b&oobrevel), [key]
— n.
  1. a port in NW Turkey, on both sides of the Bosporus: built by Constantine I on the site of ancient Byzantium; capital of the Eastern Roman Empire and of the Ottoman Empire; capital removed to Ankara 1923. 5,494,900.
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