Dictionary.com
definitions
  • synonyms

Holstein

[hohl-stahyn, -steen; for 2 also German hohl-shtahyn]
See more synonyms for Holstein on Thesaurus.com
noun
  1. Also called Hol·stein-Frie·sian [hohl-stahyn-free-zhuh n, -steen-] /ˈhoʊl staɪnˈfri ʒən, -stin-/. one of a breed of black-and-white dairy cattle, raised originally in North Holland and Friesland, that yields large quantities of milk having a low content of butterfat.
  2. a region in N Germany, at the base of the peninsula of Jutland: a former duchy.
Show More

Origin of Holstein

First recorded in 1860–65
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for holstein

Contemporary Examples

Historical Examples


British Dictionary definitions for holstein

Holstein1

noun
  1. the usual US and Canadian name for Friesian 1
Show More

Holstein2

noun
  1. a region of N Germany, in S Schleswig-Holstein: in early times a German duchy of Saxony; became a duchy of Denmark in 1474; finally incorporated into Prussia in 1866
Show More
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for holstein

Holstein

breed of cattle, 1865; so called because originally raised in nearby Friesland. The place name is literally "woodland settlers," from the roots of German Holz "wood" (see holt) and siedeln "to settle," altered by influence of Stein "stone." Since 15c. it has been united with the Duchy of Schleswig.

Show More
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper