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[viz-bee; Swedish vees-by]
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  1. a seaport on the Swedish island of Gotland, in the Baltic: an important member of the Hanseatic League.
German Wisby.


or Gott·land

[got-luh nd; Swedish gawt-luhnd, gawl-luhnd]
  1. an island in the Baltic, forming a province of Sweden. 1212 sq. mi. (3140 sq. km). Capital: Visby.
Related formsGot·land·er, Gott·land·er, noun
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Historical Examples

  • He landed in the island of Gothland, plundering Visby in a treacherous way.


    Victor Nilsson

  • On the contrary he became powerful and rich, and as Burgomaster of Visby he died.

  • King Waldemar, when he sacked Visby, removed the sacred carbuncles.

  • This city was named Visby, “the city of the place of sacrifice.”

  • He dedicated the first church in the island to St Peter at Visby.

British Dictionary definitions for visby


  1. a port in SE Sweden, on NW Gotland Island in the Baltic: an early member of the Hanseatic League and major N European commercial centre in the Middle Ages. Pop: 22 017 (2000 est)


Gothland (ˈɡɒθlənd) or Gottland (ˈɡɒtlənd)

  1. an island in the Baltic Sea, off the SE coast of Sweden: important trading centre since the Bronze Age; long disputed between Sweden and Denmark, finally becoming Swedish in 1645; tourism and agriculture now important. Capital: Visby. Pop: (including associated islands) 57 677 (2004 est). Area: 3140 sq km (1212 sq miles)
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