[ am-ster-dam; for 1 also Dutch ahm-stuhr-dahm ]
/ ˈæm stərˌdæm; for 1 also Dutch ˌɑm stərˈdɑm /


a city in and the official capital of the Netherlands.Compare Hague, The.
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British Dictionary definitions for amsterdam


/ (ˌæmstəˈdæm, Dutch ɑmstərˈdɑm) /


the commercial capital of the Netherlands, a major industrial centre and port on the IJsselmeer, connected with the North Sea by canal: built on about 100 islands within a network of canals. Pop: 737 000 (2003 est)
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Word Origin and History for amsterdam


principal city of the Netherlands; the name is a reference to the dam built on the Amstel river. Prevalence of dam in Dutch place names reflects the geography of Holland.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Culture definitions for amsterdam


Capital of The Netherlands, located in the west-central region of the country.


Seat of one of the world's chief stock exchanges and a center of the diamond-cutting industry, the city is also known for its canals and for a great art museum, the Rijksmuseum.

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