- a seaport on the island of Curaçao, in the S West Indies: capital of the Netherlands Antilles.
- a Netherlands overseas territory in the Caribbean Sea, N and NE of Venezuela; includes the islands of Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao, Saba, and St. Eustatius, and the S part of St. Martin: considered an integral part of the Dutch realm. 366 sq. mi. (948 sq. km). Capital: Willemstad.
- the main island of the Netherlands Antilles, off the NW coast of Venezuela. 173 sq. mi. (448 sq. km). Capital: Willemstad.
- Netherlands Antilles.
- (lowercase) Also cu·ra·çao [kyoo r-uh-soh, -soh-uh] /ˌkyʊər əˈsoʊ, -ˈsoʊ ə/. a cordial or liqueur flavored with the peel of the sour orange.
Examples from the Web for willemstad
But in Willemstad there are no particular places of interest.
Willemstad is compact and tiny, with a miniature governor and palace.
There are two towns: Willemstad, and, joined to it by bridges, Otrabanda.
Then lifting his hat, and with another bow, he started in the direction of Willemstad.
They accordingly hired one of the public landaus of Willemstad and told the driver to show them the places of interest.
- the capital of the Netherlands Antilles, a port on the SW coast of Curaçao: important for refining Venezuelan oil. Pop: 137 000 (2005 est)
- an island in the Caribbean, the largest in the Netherlands Antilles. Capital: Willemstad. Pop: 146 836 (2013 est). Area: 444 sq km (171 sq miles)
- an orange-flavoured liqueur originally made there
- the Netherlands Antilles two groups of islands in the Caribbean, in the Lesser Antilles: overseas division of the Netherlands, consisting of the S group of Curaçao, Aruba, and Bonaire, and the N group of Saint Eustatius, Saba, and the S part of Saint Martin; economy based on refining oil from Venezuela. Capital: Willemstad (on Curaçao). Pop: 222 000 (2004 est). Area: 996 sq km (390 sq miles)Former names: (until 1949) Curaçao, the Dutch West Indies, the Netherlands West Indies
Word Origin and History for willemstad
West Indian island, Curaçao, discovered 1499 by Alonso de Hojeda, who called it Isla de los Gigantes in reference to the stature of the natives. The modern name probably is a Europeanized version of some lost native word. The liqueur is made from the dried peel of the Curaçao orange.