Basel

[bah-zuh l]
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noun

a city in and the capital of Basel-Stadt, in NW Switzerland, on the Rhine River.
a canton in N Switzerland, divided into two independent areas.

Also Basle.


French Bâle.

Basel-Stadt

[bah-zuh l-shtaht]

noun

a demicanton in N Switzerland: virtually coextensive with the city of Basel. 14 sq. mi. (36 sq. km). Capital: Basel.
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British Dictionary definitions for basel

Basel

noun

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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