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Their name, Μακεδόνες (Makedónes), is cognate to the Ancient Greek adjective μακεδνός (makednós), meaning "tall, slim".
Linguistically, the names and affiliations of languages and dialects spoken in the region are a source of controversy.Politically, the rights to the extent of the use of the name Macedonia and its derivatives has led to a diplomatic dispute between Greece and the Republic of Macedonia.Despite mediation of the United Nations, the dispute is still pending resolution since 1993, but as a result it was admitted under the provisional reference of the "former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia", sometimes abbreviated as FYROM.a kingdom (later, region) named after the ancient Macedonians.The situation is complicated because different ethnic groups use different terminology for the same entity, or the same terminology for different entities, with different political connotations.Historically, the region has presented markedly shifting borders across the Balkan peninsula.
Geographically, no single definition of its borders or the names of its subdivisions is accepted by all scholars and ethnic groups.
Demographically, it is mainly inhabited by four ethnic groups, three of which self-identify as Macedonians: two, a Bulgarian and a Greek one at a regional level, while a third ethnic Macedonian one at a national level.
The contemporary geographical region of Macedonia is not officially defined by any international organisation or state.
In some contexts it appears to span five current sovereign countries: Albania, Bulgaria, Greece, the Republic of Macedonia, and Serbia.
For more details see the boundaries and definitions section in Macedonia (region) The name "Macedonia" is used in a number of competing or overlapping meanings to describe geographical, political and historical areas, languages and peoples in a part of south-eastern Europe.
It has been a major source of political controversy since the early 20th century.