[ hohl-stahyn, -steen; for 2 also German hohl-shtahyn ]

  1. Also called Hol·stein-Frie·sian [hohl-stahyn-free-zhuhn, -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.

Origin of Holstein

First recorded in 1860–65

Words Nearby Holstein

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British Dictionary definitions for Holstein (1 of 2)


/ (ˈhəʊlstaɪn) /

  1. the usual US and Canadian name for Friesian 1

British Dictionary definitions for Holstein (2 of 2)


/ (German ˈhɔlʃtain) /

  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

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