Definition of Serbia in US English:


proper noun

  • A republic in the Balkans; population 7,200,000 (estimated 2015); official language, Serbian; capital, Belgrade.

Serbia was conquered by the Turks in the 14th century and regained independence in 1878. Serbian rivalry with the Austro-Hungarian Empire contributed to the outbreak of World War I, after which Serbia was absorbed into the kingdom of Serbs, Croats, and Slovenes (named Yugoslavia from 1929 to 2003). In 1991–92 four out of the six Yugoslav republics seceded; Serbia became involved in armed conflict with neighboring Croatia and in the civil war in Bosnia. On the breakup of Yugoslavia it remained in federation with Montenegro until 2006