seaport in N Germany, on the Kiel Canal: capital of the state of Schleswig-Holstein: pop. 249,000
See Kiel in American Heritage Dictionary 4
A city of northern Germany on Kiel Bay, an arm of the Baltic Sea. Chartered in 1242, Kiel joined the Hanseatic League in 1284, passed to Denmark in 1773, and was annexed by Prussia in 1866. German sailors mutinied here in 1918, setting off a socialist revolution. Population: 235,000.