[ am-ster-dam; for 1 also Dutch ahm-stuhr-dahm ]

  1. a city in and the official capital of the Netherlands.: Compare The Hague.

  2. a city in E New York.

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How to use Amsterdam in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for Amsterdam


/ (ˌæmstəˈdæm, Dutch ɑmstərˈdɑm) /

  1. 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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Cultural definitions for Amsterdam


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

Notes for Amsterdam

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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