- a city in and the capital of Belgium, in the central part.
- a kingdom in W Europe, bordering the North Sea, N of France. 11,779 sq. mi. (30,508 sq. km). Capital: Brussels.
- 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.
Examples from the Web for brussels
They are both viewed in essence like eating Brussels sprouts.The Devil in Mike Huckabee
January 6, 2015
Other Western cities have been attacked as well, including Madrid, London, Brussels and Ottawa.Why’s Al Qaeda So Strong? Washington Has (Literally) No idea
November 9, 2014
And the people on the airplane with Duncan through Brussels and Washington, D.C. are also in the clear.The Sky Is Not Falling, and Ebola Is Not Out of Control
October 17, 2014
As of Wednesday, there were suspected Ebola patients in hospitals in Cyprus, Rome, Brussels, Paris and London.Europe’s Hidden Ebola Cases
Barbie Latza Nadeau
October 15, 2014
“I found myself in a very dangerous situation,” Kadouni told me recently by phone from Brussels, where he now lives.Goodbye to the Last of Syria’s Good Guys
October 2, 2014
The Belgian public—by which I mean the Brussels public—is the one most like our own.My Double Life
There would be a train for Brussels about midnight, and he had ample time to take it.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
Six people whose portraits I drew at Brussels have given me nothing.
Master Jan, the Brussels goldsmith, paid me three Philips fl.
Brussels sprouts are fashionable now, they told me at market.Alice Adams
- the capital of Belgium, in the central part: became capital of Belgium in 1830; seat of the European Commission. Pop: 999 899 (2004 est)Flemish name: Brussel (ˈbrysəl) French name: Bruxelles
- 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)
- 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
Word Origin and History for brussels
capital of old Brabant, now of Belgium, of Germanic origin, from brocca "marsh" + sali "room, building," from Latin cella (see cell). It arose 6c. as a fortress on an island in a river. As a type of carpet, from 1799; as a type of lace, from 1748. Brussels sprouts (Brassica oleracea gemmifera) attested from 1748 (first written description is from 1580s).
region in eastern Belgium (in Middle Ages much more extensive), from Old High German brahha "newly broken land" (see break (v.)) + bant "region."
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.
Capital of Belgium and largest city in the country, located in central Belgium; a commercial, industrial, financial, administrative, and cultural center.