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[hol-uh nd]
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  1. John Philip,1840–1914, Irish inventor in the U.S.
  2. Sir Sidney (George),1893–1961, New Zealand political leader: prime minister 1949–57.
  3. the Netherlands.
  4. a medieval county and province on the North Sea, corresponding to the modern North and South Holland provinces of the Netherlands.
  5. a city in W Michigan.
  6. Textiles.
    1. a cotton cloth treated to produce an opaque finish, as for window shades.
    2. Holland finish.
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  • As far as Craeke was concerned, it was impossible to find him, as he had left Holland.

    The Black Tulip

    Alexandre Dumas (Pere)

  • The next country in which he sought inspiration was Holland.

    The Slave Of The Lamp

    Henry Seton Merriman

  • He offered his arm to the Queen of Holland, but she looked at the Empress, who had not yet risen.

    My Double Life

    Sarah Bernhardt

  • Cornish received the invitation the day after returning from Holland.

    Roden's Corner

    Henry Seton Merriman

  • For Holland is a small country, well watched, highly civilized.

    Roden's Corner

    Henry Seton Merriman

British Dictionary definitions for holland


  1. a coarse linen cloth, used esp for furnishing
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Word Origin

C15: after Holland, where it was made


  1. another name for the Netherlands
  2. a county of the Holy Roman Empire, corresponding to the present-day North and South Holland provinces of the Netherlands
  3. Parts of an area in E England constituting a former administrative division of Lincolnshire
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  1. Henry. 1745–1806, British neoclassical architect. His work includes Brooks's Club (1776) and Carlton House (1783), both in London
  2. Sir Sidney George. 1893–1961, New Zealand statesman; prime minister of New Zealand (1949–57)
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Word Origin and History for holland


"the Netherlands," early 14c., from Dutch Holland, probably Old Dutch holt lant "wood land," describing the district around Dordrecht, the nucleus of Holland. Technically, just one province of the Netherlands, but in English use extended to the whole nation.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

holland in Culture


A part of The Netherlands. Holland is a common name for the entire country.

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