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[hah-muh ln]
  1. a city in N central Germany, on the Weser River: scene of the legend of the Pied Piper of Hamelin.
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Also Ham·e·lin [ham-uh-lin] /ˈhæm ə lɪn/.
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Historical Examples

  • After travelling for some hours, we arrived at Hameln camp, where we were to stay the night.

    On the right of the British line

    Gilbert Nobbs

  • Our force with the Russians (exclusive of the Swedes and after allowing for something to watch Hameln) will be near 40,000 men.

  • The older name of Hameln was Hameloa or Hamelowe, and the town owes its origin to an abbey.

  • Presently, all the little children of Hameln came running out of the houses and followed him.

  • At all events, there are villages in that country in which the people speak the same language as in Hameln.

British Dictionary definitions for hameln


  1. an industrial town in N Germany, in Lower Saxony on the Weser River: famous for the legend of the Pied Piper (supposedly took place in 1284). Pop: 58 902 (2003 est)English name: Hamelin (ˈhæməlɪn, ˈhæmlɪn)
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