Definition of Netherlands in English:

Netherlands

Line breaks: Neth¦er|lands
Pronunciation: /ˈnɛðələndz
 
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1A country in western Europe, on the North Sea; population 16,716,000 (est. 2009); official language, Dutch; capital, Amsterdam; seat of government, The Hague. Dutch name Nederland; also called Holland.
1.1 historical The Low Countries.

Following a struggle against the Spanish Habsburg empire, the northern (Dutch) part of the Low Countries won full independence in 1648 and became a leading imperial power. In 1814 north and south were united under a monarchy, but the south revolted in 1830 and became an independent kingdom, Belgium, in 1839. In 1948 the Netherlands formed the Benelux Customs Union with Belgium and Luxembourg, becoming a founder member of the EEC in 1957. The name Holland strictly refers only to the western coastal provinces of the country

Derivatives

Netherlander

Pronunciation: /-ˌlandə/
noun
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  • The Dutch have at least 135 nude beaches, which just goes to show that Netherlanders aren't terribly worried about hiding their nether bits.
  • But history has given the Netherlanders, all fifteen million of them, a land smaller than Bhutan; a worrying expanse of which is below sea level.
  • The assassination has shocked Netherlanders, who regard their country as tolerant and peaceful.

Netherlandish

adjective
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  • Two pages of How to Read a Painting are devoted to an interpretation of just this triptych by the Netherlandish painter Hugo van der Goes.
  • Between two relief sculptures of putti sit a Raphael drawing and a Netherlandish portrait of a man.
  • Although there have been no dramatic shifts over the past year or two, focus has moved somewhat away from early Italian drawings towards eighteenth- and nineteenth-century German, French, Italian, Netherlandish and Dutch works.

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