Definition of Croatia in US English:


proper noun

  • A country in southeastern Europe, formerly a constituent republic of Yugoslavia; population 4,200,000 (estimated 2015); language, Croatian; capital, Zagreb.

    Croatian name Hrvatska

Apart from a period of Turkish rule in the 16th–17th centuries, Croatia largely remained linked with Hungary until 1918, when it joined the Kingdom of the Serbs, Croats, and Slovenes (later Yugoslavia). After a period during World War II as a Nazi puppet state (1941–45), it became part of Yugoslavia once more and remained a constituent republic until it declared itself independent in 1991. The secession of Croatia led to war between Croats and the Serb minority, and with Serbia; a ceasefire was called in 1992. Croatia joined the EU in 2013