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  1. a medieval county in territory now in SW Belgium and N France.
  2. a province in SW Belgium. 1437 sq. mi. (3722 sq. km). Capital: Mons.
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Historical Examples of hainaut

  • A seedling raised at Ath, Hainaut, Bel.; first described in 1833.

    The Pears of New York

    U. P. Hedrick

  • Obtained from seed in 1817 in Hainaut by M. Devergnies of Mons.

  • A Belgian wilding found near Enghien in Hainaut; disseminated about 1830.

  • Almost the whole population of Tournai in Hainaut was Calvinist.


    George W. T. (George William Thomson) Omond

  • In Belgium the chief coal-basins are those of Hainaut and Lige.

British Dictionary definitions for hainaut



  1. a province of SW Belgium: stretches from the Flanders Plain in the north to the Ardennes in the south. Capital: Mons. Pop: 1 283 200 (2004 est). Area: 3797 sq km (1466 sq miles)
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