[bruh-bant, brah-buh nt; Dutch brah-bahnt; French bra-bahn]


a former duchy in W Europe, now divided between the Netherlands and Belgium.
a province in central Belgium. 1268 sq. mi. (3285 sq. km). Capital: Brussels.

Related formsBra·bant·ine [bruh-ban-tin, -tahyn] /brəˈbæn tɪn, -taɪn/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Historical Examples of brabant

  • Born in Brabant, the blood of Charlemagne was in his veins through his mother.

    Peter the Hermit

    Daniel A. Goodsell

  • Brabant made a gesture towards the main hatch, then stepped forward.

  • Diaz stepped below to Brabant, who was lying in his bunk reading a book.

  • Brabant was seated on the skylight with an outspread chart before him.

  • "Away with him below," said Brabant, turning on his heel and walking aft.

British Dictionary definitions for brabant



a former duchy of W Europe: divided when Belgium became independent (1830), the south forming the Belgian provinces of Antwerp and Brabant and the north forming the province of North Brabant in the Netherlands
a former province of central Belgium; replaced in 1995 by the provinces of Flemish Brabant and Walloon Brabant
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Word Origin and History for brabant


region in eastern Belgium (in Middle Ages much more extensive), from Old High German brahha "newly broken land" (see break (v.)) + bant "region."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper