Luxembourg

[luhk-suh m-burg; French lyk-sahn-boor]
noun
  1. a grand duchy surrounded by Germany, France, and Belgium. 999 sq. mi. (2585 sq. km).
  2. a city in and the capital of this grand duchy.
  3. a province in SE Belgium: formerly a part of the grand duchy of Luxembourg. 1706 sq. mi. (4420 sq. km). Capital: Arlon.
Also Luxemburg (for defs 1, 2).
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Luxembourg

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  1. a grand duchy in W Europe: it formed the Benelux customs union with the Belgium and the Netherlands in 1948 and was a founder member of the Common Market, now the European Union. Languages: French, German, and Luxemburgish. Religion: Roman Catholic majority. Currency: euro. Capital: Luxembourg. Pop: 514 862 (2013 est). Area: 2586 sq km (999 sq miles)
  2. the capital of Luxembourg, on the Alzette River: an industrial centre. Pop: 77 300 (2003 est)
  3. a province in SE Belgium, in the Ardennes. Capital: Arlon. Pop: 254 120 (2004 est). Area: 4416 sq km (1705 sq miles)
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Word Origin and History for luxembourg

Luxembourg

European state, from Germanic lutilla "little" + burg "fort, castle." Related: Luxembourgeois; Luxembourger. Hence also lushburg (mid-14c.), Middle English word for "a base coin made in imitation of the sterling or silver penny and imported from Luxemburg in the reign of Edward III" [OED].

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luxembourg in Culture

Luxembourg

[(luk-suhm-burg)]

Constitutional monarchy in northwestern Europe, bordered by Belgium to the west and north, Germany to the east, and France to the south. Luxembourg City is its capital and largest city.

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Luxembourg has been a member of NATO since 1949.

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It was occupied by Germany during parts of World War I and World War II.

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Part of the Battle of the Bulge was fought in northern Luxembourg in the winter of 1944–1945.

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It is an international financial center and one of Europe's oldest and smallest independent countries.
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