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[am-ster-dam; for 1 also Dutch ahm-stuh r-dahm] /ˈæm stərˌdæm; for 1 also Dutch ˌɑm stərˈdɑm/
a city in and the official capital of the Netherlands.
Compare Hague, The.
a city in E New York. Unabridged
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/ˌæmstəˈdæm; Dutch ɑmstərˈdɑm/
the commercial capital of the Netherlands, a major industrial centre and port on the IJsselmeer, connected with the North Sea by canal: built on about 100 islands within a network of canals. Pop: 737 000 (2003 est)
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principal city of the Netherlands; the name is a reference to the dam built on the Amstel river. Prevalence of dam in Dutch place names reflects the geography of Holland.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Amsterdam definition

Capital of The Netherlands, located in the west-central region of the country.

Note: Seat of one of the world's chief stock exchanges and a center of the diamond-cutting industry, the city is also known for its canals and for a great art museum, the Rijksmuseum.
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