French Anvers.Flemish Ant·wer·pen [ahnt-ver-puh n] /ˈɑnt vɛr pən/. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  1. a province of N Belgium. Pop: 1 668 812 (2004 est). Area: 2859 sq km (1104 sq miles)
  2. a port in N Belgium, capital of Antwerp province, on the River Scheldt: a major European port. Pop: 455 148 (2004 est)
Flemish name: Antwerpen (ˈɑntwɛrpə)French name: Anvers
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Word Origin and History for antwerp


port city in Belgium, French Anvers, from a Germanic compound of *anda "at" + *werpum "wharf" (see wharf). Folk etymology connects the first word with hand.

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