- a tract of low land, especially in the Netherlands, reclaimed from the sea or other body of water and protected by dikes.
Origin of polder
Borrowed into English from Dutch around 1595–1605
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Examples from the Web for polder
The Dutch polder are not flatter or greener than are these intervening meadows.Highways & Byways in Sussex
Polder's intense countenance was sombre, his brow corrugated.
All this failed to detract from his initial dislike of young Polder.
"We think they're elegant," Mrs. Polder's voice broke in on his revery.
Howat Penny was acutely uncomfortable, and Polder scowled at his plate.
- a stretch of land reclaimed from the sea or a lake, esp in the Netherlands
C17: from Middle Dutch polre
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Word Origin and History for polder
c.1600, from Dutch polder, from Middle Dutch polre, related to East Frisian poller, polder, of unknown origin.
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