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[lik-tuh n-stahyn; German likh-tuh n-shtahyn] /ˈlɪk tənˌstaɪn; German ˈlɪx tənˌʃtaɪn/
a small principality in central Europe between Austria and Switzerland: economically linked with Switzerland. 65 sq. mi. (168 sq. km).
Capital: Vaduz.
Related forms
Liechtensteiner, noun
Can be confused
Lichtenstein, Liechtenstein. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for Liechtenstein
Historical Examples
  • Liechtenstein accepted them subject to his sovereign's approval.

    The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte William Milligan Sloane
  • Another replica is in the collection of Prince Liechtenstein in Vienna.

    Chardin Paul G. Konody
  • In 1803 Liechtenstein noted the cairn-worship, and was told that a renowned Hottentot doctor of old times rested under the cairn.

    Custom and Myth Andrew Lang
  • The splendid portrait of the man with the sword at the Liechtenstein gallery was sold in 1800 for 4, 5s.

  • The Schwarza was frozen, the castle of Liechtenstein was gray against a white world.

    The Street of Seven Stars Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • With this understanding, full powers were given to Prince Liechtenstein, and he went direct to Schnbrunn.

    The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte William Milligan Sloane
  • What will happen to Liechtenstein with the disappearance of the Hapsburg Empire is uncertain.

    Riviera Towns

    Herbert Adams Gibbons
  • A beautiful painting of these two children is now in the Liechtenstein Gallery, in Vienna.

    Famous European Artists Sarah K. Bolton
  • These generals were seventeen in number, and among them was Prince Liechtenstein.

    Memoirs of Napoleon Bonaparte, Complete Louis Antoine Fauvelet de Bourrienne
British Dictionary definitions for Liechtenstein


/ˈlɪktənˌstaɪn; German ˈlɪçtənʃtain/
a small mountainous principality in central Europe on the Rhine: formed in 1719 by the uniting of the lordships of Schellenburg and Vaduz, which had been purchased by the Austrian family of Liechtenstein; customs union formed with Switzerland in 1924. Official language: German. Religion: Roman Catholic majority. Currency: Swiss franc. Capital: Vaduz. Pop: 37 009 (2003 est). Area: 160 sq km (62 sq miles)
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Liechtenstein in Culture

Liechtenstein definition

(likh?-tuhn-steyen, likh?-tuhn-shteyen) Constitutional monarchy in west-central Europe, located in the Alps between Austria and Switzerland. Its capital and largest city is Vaduz.

Note: Not quite as large as Washington, D.C., Liechtenstein is one of the smallest European countries.
The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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