- the, (used with a singular or plural verb) a kingdom in W Europe, bordering on the North Sea, Germany, and Belgium. 13,433 sq. mi. (34,790 sq. km). Capitals: Amsterdam and The Hague.
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December 15, 2014
A judge ruled that Black Piet indeed is a negative stereotype that infringes on the rights of black people in The Netherlands.Dutch Try to Save Santa’s Slave
Nadette De Visser
December 2, 2014
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November 11, 2014
Interestingly, Canada, Japan, England, Australia and the Netherlands somehow remain free without paying this price.9-Year Old With an Uzi? America Is Tougher on Toys Than Guns
August 28, 2014
The black flags of ISIS flew in the Netherlands with crowds chanting “Death to the Jews!”London Theater Halts Jewish Film Festival Over Israeli Government Money
August 6, 2014
He had been a long time with the great artists in the Netherlands.Albert Durer
T. Sturge Moore
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What name was given to those who resisted the Spanish officers in the Netherlands?
She was sure to be dragged into the struggle in the Netherlands sooner or later.
- Also called: Holland a kingdom in NW Europe, on the North Sea: declared independence from Spain in 1581 as the United Provinces; became a major maritime and commercial power in the 17th century, gaining many overseas possessions; formed the Benelux customs union with Belgium and Luxembourg in 1948 and was a founder member of the Common Market, now the European Union. It is mostly flat and low-lying, with about 40 per cent of the land being below sea level, much of it on polders protected by dykes. Official language: Dutch. Religion: Christian majority, Protestant and Roman Catholic, large nonreligious minority. Currency: euro. Capital: Amsterdam, with the seat of government at The Hague. Pop: 16 805 037 (2013 est). Area: 41 526 sq km (16 033 sq miles)Dutch name: Nederland
- the kingdom of the Netherlands together with the Flemish-speaking part of Belgium, esp as ruled by Spain and Austria before 1581; the Low Countries
Word Origin and History for netherlands
from Dutch Nederland, literally "lower land" (see nether); said to have been used by the Austrians (who ruled much of the southern part of the Low Countries from 1713 to 1795), by way of contrast to the mountains they knew, but the name is older than this. The Netherlands formerly included Flanders and thus were equivalent geographically and etymologically to the Low Countries. Related: Netherlander; Netherlandish (c.1600).