- a kingdom in W Europe, bordering the North Sea, N of France. 11,779 sq. mi. (30,508 sq. km). Capital: Brussels.
Examples from the Web for belgique
In the entry "Belgique" (p. 75) the third item is credited to "id."A History of Bibliographies of Bibliographies
"We'll split expenses on the Belgique, of course," declared the American.The Blind Lion of the Congo
To say that a man has got a "Belgique" means that he is dead.Into the Jaws of Death
Then our soldier passenger leaned across in front of Blount and whispered "Belgique."A Journal From Our Legation in Belgium
He said: n'ayez pas peur, nous n'avons pas grande envie d'entrer en Belgique dans ce moment.Lord Lyons: A Record of British Diplomacy
Thomas Wodehouse Legh Newton
- a federal kingdom in NW Europe: at various times under the rulers of Burgundy, Spain, Austria, France, and the Netherlands before becoming an independent kingdom in 1830. It formed the Benelux customs union with the Netherlands and Luxembourg in 1948 and and was a founder member of the Common Market, now the European Union. It consists chiefly of a low-lying region of sand, woods, and heath (the Campine) in the north and west, and a fertile undulating central plain rising to the Ardennes Mountains in the southeast. Languages: French, Flemish (Dutch), German. Religion: Roman Catholic majority. Currency: euro. Capital: Brussels. Pop: 10 444 268 (2013 est). Area: 30 513 sq km (11 778 sq miles)
Word Origin and History for belgique
c.1600, "Low Germany and the Netherlands," from the Latin name of the territory near here occupied by the Belgæ, a Celtic tribe. Adopted 1830 as the name of a new nation formed from the southern part of the former United Kingdom of the Netherlands.