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[lik-tuh n-stahyn; German likh-tuh n-shtahyn]
  1. a small principality in central Europe between Austria and Switzerland: economically linked with Switzerland. 65 sq. mi. (168 sq. km). Capital: Vaduz.
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Related formsLiech·ten·stein·er, noun
Can be confusedLichtenstein Liechtenstein
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Examples from the Web for liechtenstein

Historical Examples

  • Liechtenstein accepted them subject to his sovereign's approval.

    The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte

    William Milligan Sloane

  • Another replica is in the collection of Prince Liechtenstein in Vienna.


    Paul G. Konody

  • In 1803 Liechtenstein noted the cairn-worship, and was told that a renowned Hottentot doctor of old times rested under the cairn.

    Custom and Myth

    Andrew Lang

  • The splendid portrait of the man with the sword at the Liechtenstein gallery was sold in 1800 for 4, 5s.

  • The Schwarza was frozen, the castle of Liechtenstein was gray against a white world.

    The Street of Seven Stars

    Mary Roberts Rinehart

British Dictionary definitions for liechtenstein


  1. a small mountainous principality in central Europe on the Rhine: formed in 1719 by the uniting of the lordships of Schellenburg and Vaduz, which had been purchased by the Austrian family of Liechtenstein; customs union formed with Switzerland in 1924. Official language: German. Religion: Roman Catholic majority. Currency: Swiss franc. Capital: Vaduz. Pop: 37 009 (2003 est). Area: 160 sq km (62 sq miles)
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liechtenstein in Culture


(lik-tuhn-steyen, likh-tuhn-shteyen) Constitutional monarchy in west-central Europe, located in the Alps between Austria and Switzerland. Its capital and largest city is Vaduz.

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Not quite as large as Washington, D.C., Liechtenstein is one of the smallest European countries.
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