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polder

[pohl-der]
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noun
  1. 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

Historical Examples

  • The Dutch polder are not flatter or greener than are these intervening meadows.

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    E.V. Lucas

  • Polder's intense countenance was sombre, his brow corrugated.

    The Three Black Pennys

    Joseph Hergesheimer

  • All this failed to detract from his initial dislike of young Polder.

    The Three Black Pennys

    Joseph Hergesheimer

  • "We think they're elegant," Mrs. Polder's voice broke in on his revery.

    The Three Black Pennys

    Joseph Hergesheimer

  • Howat Penny was acutely uncomfortable, and Polder scowled at his plate.

    The Three Black Pennys

    Joseph Hergesheimer


British Dictionary definitions for polder

polder

noun
  1. a stretch of land reclaimed from the sea or a lake, esp in the Netherlands

Word Origin

C17: from Middle Dutch polre
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Word Origin and History for polder

n.

c.1600, from Dutch polder, from Middle Dutch polre, related to East Frisian poller, polder, of unknown origin.

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