capital of Estonia, on the Gulf of Finland
also sp. Tal′lin
The capital and largest city of Estonia, in the northwest part on the Gulf of Finland opposite Helsinki, Finland. A major port, Tallinn was a possession of the Livonian Knights (1346–1561) and Sweden (1561–1710) before being formally ceded to Russia (1721). It was the capital of independent Estonia (1919–1940) and of the Estonian Soviet Socialist Republic (1940–1991).