Usage Arabic, Bosnian, Bulgarian, Croatian, Czech, Danish, English, Finnish, French, German, Hindi, Indonesian, Italian, Macedonian, Malay, Maltese, Norwegian, Romanian, Serbian, Slovak, Swedish, Tagalog, Tajik, Thai, Urdu, Uyghur, Uzbek
Scripts إسطنبول(Arabic) Истанбул(Bulgarian, Macedonian, Serbian, Tajik, Uzbek Cyrillic) इस्तांबुल(Hindi) อิสตันบูล(Thai) استنبول(Urdu) ئىستانبۇل(Uyghur)
Pronounced Pron. IS-tan-bool(Czech, German) is-tan-BUWL(English) IS-tan-buwl(English) EES-tahn-bool(Finnish) EES-TAHN-BOOL(French) is-TAHN-buwl(Hindi) ees-tan-BOOL(Thai) [key·IPA]
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Meaning & History
From Turkish İstanbul, which comes from a misinterpretation of the Medieval Greek phrase εἰς τὴν Πόλιν (eis tḗn pólin) meaning "to the City", a colloquial name for the city of Constantinople (reflecting its status as the only major city in the vicinity). This is the name of a city in Turkey, which was historically known as Byzantium and Constantinople. The area once served as the capital of both the Ottoman and the Byzantine (Eastern Roman) Empires.