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Balkans \Balkans\ prop. n. pl.

  1. The countries occupying the Balkan Peninsula.

    Syn: Balkan countries, Balkan nations, Balkan states.

  2. The Balkan mountains.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

probably from Turkic balkan "mountain."


The Balkan Peninsula, or the Balkans, is a peninsula and a cultural area in Southeast Europe with different and disputed borders. The region takes its name from the Balkan Mountains that stretch from the eastern border of Serbia to the Black Sea at the east of Bulgaria.

The Balkans are bordered by the Adriatic Sea on the northwest, the Ionian Sea on the southwest, the Mediterranean and Aegean Sea on the south and southeast, and the Black Sea on the east and northeast. The highest point of the Balkans is Mount Musala on the Rila mountain range in Bulgaria.

Balkans (band)

Balkans are an American indie rock band from Atlanta, Georgia.

Usage examples of "balkans".

Other regions, such as the Balkans, are not as 6lear, but just as important.

Ethnic violence in the Balkans has directly caused one world war and indirectly caused another.

The Third Reich received a lot of support from sympathizers in the Balkans in their quest to wipe out 'unclean' races like Jews and Gypsies.

Besides, Germany sees itself as the one and only counterbalance to Russian encroachments in the Balkans.

President, this will simply not be taken any other way except as the United States withdrawing from an unwinnable situation in the Balkans," Kercheval said.

If it is true, and the Americans leave the Balkans, it will be seen as a sign of weakness.

But remaining in the Balkans might be a waste of resources at best and dangerous at worst.

The European members of NATO and the non-NATO members of KFOR vowed to continue the United Nations peacekeeping efforts in Kosovo and the Balkans, but without the United States, it seemed almost pointless.

You must promise me this is not the prelude to an offensive in the Balkans.

Filippov offered, "namely, to garner support and friendship from the oil-rich Arab countries, in hopes the Americans would be allowed to build land bases in Persian Gulf nations so they could move their expensive, vulnerable aircraft carriers out of the Gulf They were so afraid of Iran or Iraq sinking one of their carriers in the Gulf that they made a deal with the devils in the deserts of Arabia to support their Muslim brothers in the Balkans.

Muslim bandits are now free to roam the Balkans, killing innocent Christians, selling drugs under NATO protection, and are still receiving and trading millions of marks in weapons from Iran and Saudi Arabia each year.

The bloodlust between the rival factions in the Balkans is not worth the life of one German or one Russian.

And if radical Islamic countries like Albania try to export their brand of murder, terrorism, and intimidation on the smaller, weaker oblasts in the Balkans, it is in our interests to resist those attempts by any means necessary.

We must forget the historical animosities that have ruined the peace in the Balkans for far too long.

But then again, Germany was very closely linked with Albania, and it certainly had a major presence in the Balkans.