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Basel

[bah-zuh l]
noun
  1. a city in and the capital of Basel-Stadt, in NW Switzerland, on the Rhine River.
  2. a canton in N Switzerland, divided into two independent areas.
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Also Basle.
French Bâle.

Basel-Stadt

[bah-zuh l-shtaht]
noun
  1. a demicanton in N Switzerland: virtually coextensive with the city of Basel. 14 sq. mi. (36 sq. km). Capital: Basel.
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  • These oil paintings, and the drawings for them, are now in the Basel Museum.

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    Beatrice Fortescue

  • Occasionally, too, he drew for other Basel printers; but not often.

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    Beatrice Fortescue

  • As already stated, his wife survived him by six years, dying at Basel in 1549.

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    Beatrice Fortescue

  • But in the summer of 1530 came a commission for the painter's last great work in Basel.

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    Beatrice Fortescue

  • Basel, for all her differences with him, buried Erasmus with great honours.

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    Beatrice Fortescue


British Dictionary definitions for basel

Basel

noun
  1. a variant spelling of Basle
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Word Origin and History for basel

Basel

city in northwestern Switzerland, founded 44 C.E. as Robur (from Latin roburetum "oak grove"); renamed 374 as Basilia (from Greek basilea "royal") when it became the "royal" fortress of Valentinian I.

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