[ luhk-suhm-burg; French lyk-sahn-boor ]

  1. a grand duchy surrounded by Germany, France, and Belgium. 999 sq. mi. (2,585 sq. km).

  2. a city in and the capital of this grand duchy.

  1. a province in SE Belgium: formerly a part of the grand duchy of Luxembourg. 1,706 sq. mi. (4,420 sq. km). Capital: Arlon.

Words Nearby Luxembourg Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use Luxembourg in a sentence

  • On the corner facing the square, and opposite the Luxembourg gate, is the Taverne du Panthéon.

    The Real Latin Quarter | F. Berkeley Smith
  • But you must see more of this vast garden of the Luxembourg to appreciate truly its beauty and its charm.

    The Real Latin Quarter | F. Berkeley Smith
  • Belgium, however, now refused to accede to the arrangement, by resolving not to cede Luxembourg.

  • When the revolution broke out it extended to Luxembourg, and the king of the Netherlands applied for aid to the five powers.

  • When we had done talking, we all three went out, cold as it was, to walk in the Luxembourg gardens till the dinner hour.

    Z. Marcas | Honore de Balzac

British Dictionary definitions for Luxembourg


/ (ˈlʌksəmˌbɜːɡ, French lyksɑ̃bur) /

  1. a grand duchy in W Europe: it formed the Benelux customs union with the Belgium and the Netherlands in 1948 and was a founder member of the Common Market, now the European Union. Languages: French, German, and Luxemburgish. Religion: Roman Catholic majority. Currency: euro. Capital: Luxembourg. Pop: 514 862 (2013 est). Area: 2586 sq km (999 sq miles)

  2. the capital of Luxembourg, on the Alzette River: an industrial centre. Pop: 77 300 (2003 est)

  1. a province in SE Belgium, in the Ardennes. Capital: Arlon. Pop: 254 120 (2004 est). Area: 4416 sq km (1705 sq miles)

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Cultural definitions for Luxembourg


[ (luk-suhm-burg) ]

Constitutional monarchy in northwestern Europe, bordered by Belgium to the west and north, Germany to the east, and France to the south. Luxembourg City is its capital and largest city.

Notes for Luxembourg

Luxembourg has been a member of NATO since 1949.

Notes for Luxembourg

It was occupied by Germany during parts of World War I and World War II.

Notes for Luxembourg

Part of the Battle of the Bulge was fought in northern Luxembourg in the winter of 1944–1945.

Notes for Luxembourg

It is an international financial center and one of Europe's oldest and smallest independent countries.

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