(kə-rēʹə, kô-, kō-). Abbr. Kor. A peninsula and former country of eastern Asia between the Yellow Sea and the Sea of Japan. Site of an ancient civilization dating to the 12th century B.C., the peninsula was united as a kingdom in the 7th century A.D. and despite a Mongol invasion (13th century) remained unified until the Japanese occupation of 1910 to 1945. After World War II the Soviet- and U.S.-occupied territories formed separate republics, and a Soviet-backed invasion of the south led to the Korean War (1950-1953). The peninsula is now divided between North Korea and South Korea, Korea.
noun. I. (people) orang Korea; 2. (language) bahasa Korea.