[ noo-shuh-tel, nyoo-, noo-shuh-tel, nyoo-; French nœ-shah-tel ]
/ ˌnu ʃəˈtɛl, ˌnyu-, ˈnu ʃəˌtɛl, ˈnyu-; French nœ ʃɑˈtɛl /
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a canton in W Switzerland. 309 sq. mi. (800 sq. km).
the capital of this canton, on the Lake of Neuchâtel.
Lake of, a lake in W Switzerland. 85 sq. mi. (220 sq. km).



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German Neu·en·burg [noi-uhn-boork]. /ˈnɔɪ ənˌbʊərk/.
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/ (French nøʃɑtɛl) /


a canton in the Jura Mountains of W Switzerland. Capital: Neuchâtel. Pop: 167 000 (2002 est). Area: 798 sq km (308 sq miles)
a town in W Switzerland, capital of Neuchâtel canton, on Lake Neuchâtel: until 1848 the seat of the last hereditary rulers in Switzerland. Pop: 32 914 (2000)
Lake Neuchâtel a lake in W Switzerland: the largest lake wholly in Switzerland. Area: 216 sq km (83 sq miles)
German name (for senses 1, 2): Neuenburg (ˈnɔyənbʊrk)
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