province of S Serbia: declared its independence (2008): 4,203 sq mi (10,886 sq km); cap. Pristina
A republic of the western Balkan Peninsula. Settled by Slavs around 600, the area was under Turkish rule from 1389 to 1913 and became part of Yugoslavia after World War I. An autonomous region of Serbia after 1946, Kosovo lost much of its autonomy in 1990, leading to ethnic violence between Kosovo's Albanian and Serb populations. Intervention by NATO and the United Nations reestablished peace in 1999. In 2008, Kosovo declared independence; however, its sovereignty was not universally recognized at that time. Priština is the capital and largest city.
- A disputed region in the Balkans, considered by Serbia as one of its two autonomous provinces.
- One of five administrative districts of the above region as viewed by the Serbian government.
- The Republic of Kosovo, a country in the Balkans.
Shortened form of Serbo-Croatian Косово поље (“blackbirds’ field”), from косово (kosovo), posessive form of кос (kos, “blackbird”), and поље (polje, “field”).