Definition of Transylvania in English:

Transylvania

proper noun

  • 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.

Origin

Based on Latin trans across, beyond + silva forest.

Pronunciation:

Transylvania

/ˌtran(t)səlˈvānyə/