Definition of Transylvania in English:


Syllabification: Tran·syl·va·nia
Pronunciation: /ˌtransəlˈvānyə, -ˈvānēə
  • 1A large tableland region of northwestern Romania, separated from the rest of the country by the Carpathian Mountains and the Transylvanian Alps. Part of Hungary until it became a principality of the Ottoman Empire in the 16th century, it was returned to Hungary at the end of the 17th century and was incorporated into Romania in 1918.
  • 2(In US history) an unrecognized fourteenth colony that was proposed in the 1770s in what is now central Kentucky and neighboring Tennessee.



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  • At Bran Castle (known as Dracula's Castle) high up on a Transylvanian precipice, entrepreneurs sell gorgeous hand-knit sweaters, embroidered cloths and wooden or pottery artefacts.
  • Narrow streets, paved with packed snow at this time of year, run between old-style Transylvanian row houses tucked behind tall courtyard walls closed with big wooden gates.
  • In 1476, after the death of his younger brother Radu, Dracula invaded Walachia with the help of Transylvanian and Moldovian armies, and won back the throne.


based on Latin trans 'across, beyond' + silva 'forest'.

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