Definition of Belgium in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbeljəm/
A low-lying country in western Europe, on the southern shore of the North Sea; population 10,414,300 (est. 2009); capital, Brussels, official languages, Flemish and French. French name Belgique, Flemish name België.

Belgium became independent from the Netherlands after a nationalist revolt in 1830. Occupied and devastated during both world wars, Belgium formed the Benelux Customs Union with the Netherlands and Luxembourg in 1948 and became a founding member of the EEC. Flemish is spoken mainly in the north, and French and Walloon are spoken in the south


Latin, from Belgae.

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Syllabification: Bel·gium

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