1. Proper noun.  (historical) The medieval kingdom of Alans (proto-Ossetians) that flourished in Northern Caucasus, roughly in the location of latter-day Circassia and modern North Ossetia-Alania, from the 8th or 9th century until 1238-39. Its capital was Maghas, and it controlled a vital trade route through the Darial Pass.
  2. Proper noun.  (colloquial) North Ossetia-Alania, federal subject of Russia.

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