(chiefly historical) A port city on the Aegean coast of western Asia Minor founded in circa the 11th century BC on the site of the present-day Turkish city of Ä°zmir.
Origin of smyrna
From Ancient Greek Σμύρνα (Smurna), a variant spelling of Σμύρνη (SmurnÄ“), the Ionic Greek form of the original Aeolic Greek name Μύῤῥα (Murrhā, “Smyrna").
Smyrna Sentence Examples
(1324-1359), to whom Boccaccio dedicated one of his works, and who set on foot an alliance with the pope, Venice and the Hospitallers, which resulted in the capture of Smyrna (1344).
In 1804 Rich went to Constantinople, where, and at Smyrna, he stayed some time, perfecting himself in Turkish.
It was the most northern of the Ionian cities, and was situated on the coast of the peninsula which separates the gulf of Cyme, occupied by Aeolian settlers, from the Hermaean Gulf, on which stood Smyrna and Clazomenae.
About 1880, while the Gediz Chai was throwing its silt unchecked into the Gulf of Smyrna and gradually filling the navigable channel, there was talk of reviving Fokia as a new port for Smyrna, and connecting it with the Cassaba railway.
He either died during his confinement or escaped to Smyrna.