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  1. The, a city in the W Netherlands, near the North Sea: site of the government, royal residence, and of the International Court of Justice.

South Holland

  1. a province in the SW Netherlands. 1086 sq. mi. (2810 sq. km). Capital: The Hague.
  2. a city in NE Illinois.
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British Dictionary definitions for the hague


  1. The Hague the seat of government of the Netherlands and capital of South Holland province, situated about 3 km (2 miles) from the North Sea. Pop: 464 000 (2003 est)Dutch names: 's Gravenhage, Den Haag


  1. William Jefferson. born 1961, British politician; leader of the Conservative party (1997–2001); foreign secretary from 2010; as a writer he is noted for his biography of William Pitt the Younger (2004)

South Holland

  1. a province of the SW Netherlands, on the North Sea: lying mostly below sea level, it has a coastal strip of dunes and is drained chiefly by distributaries of the Rhine, with large areas of reclaimed land; the most densely populated province in the country, intensively cultivated and industrialized. Capital: The Hague. Pop: 3 440 000 (2003 est). Area: 3196 sq km (1234 sq miles)Dutch name: Zuidholland
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Word Origin and History for the hague


city in Netherlands, from Dutch Den Haag, short for 's Gravenhage, literally "the count's hedge" (i.e. the hedge-enclosed hunting grounds of the counts of Holland); see haw. In French, it is La Haye.

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the hague in Culture

The Hague


Seat of the government of The Netherlands, located in the western Netherlands, near the North Sea.


The city is frequently the site of international conferences.


The International Court of Justice and the Permanent Court of Arbitration are both housed in the city in the Peace Palace, which was built to fulfill the dream that The Hague might become the neutral capital of the world.
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