[hol-uh ndz]

noun (used with a singular verb)

a gin, originally made in Holland, in which the juniper is mixed in the mash.

Origin of Hollands

1705–15; < Dutch hollandsch (genever) Dutch (gin)
Also called Holland gin.


[hol-uh nd]


John Philip,1840–1914, Irish inventor in the U.S.
Sir Sidney (George),1893–1961, New Zealand political leader: prime minister 1949–57.
the Netherlands.
a medieval county and province on the North Sea, corresponding to the modern North and South Holland provinces of the Netherlands.
a city in W Michigan.
  1. a cotton cloth treated to produce an opaque finish, as for window shades.
  2. Holland finish.
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Examples from the Web for hollands

Contemporary Examples of hollands

  • After a hasty lunch in the dining hall, the Hollands hit Bowdoin, drop me at the airport, and set off for Williams College.

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    The Great College Road Trip

    Nick Summers

    April 8, 2011

  • By the time they are done, the Hollands will have covered 1,529 miles, more than half the width of the continental United States.

    The Daily Beast logo
    The Great College Road Trip

    Nick Summers

    April 8, 2011

Historical Examples of hollands

  • Think of the good friends and the good Hollands gin and the good fires aboard of her.

    Standish of Standish

    Jane G. Austin

  • And now I've told you the yarn, so I will have a drop of Hollands and go to bed.

    Long Odds

    H. Rider Haggard

  • The kegs in which Hollands is mostly exported are ankers and half-ankers.

    The Sailor's Word-Book

    William Henry Smyth

  • But three of Hollands and three of Isle of Man brandy, as was agreed upon.


    S. R. Crockett

  • Who drinks Hollands alone, and in a churchyard on such a night as this?

British Dictionary definitions for hollands



Dutch gin, often sold in stone bottles

Word Origin for Hollands

C18: from Dutch hollandsch genever



a coarse linen cloth, used esp for furnishing

Word Origin for holland

C15: after Holland, where it was made




another name for the Netherlands
a county of the Holy Roman Empire, corresponding to the present-day North and South Holland provinces of the Netherlands
Parts of an area in E England constituting a former administrative division of Lincolnshire




Henry. 1745–1806, British neoclassical architect. His work includes Brooks's Club (1776) and Carlton House (1783), both in London
Sir Sidney George. 1893–1961, New Zealand statesman; prime minister of New Zealand (1949–57)
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Word Origin and History for hollands


"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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

hollands in Culture


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

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