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[rot-er-dam; for 1 also Dutch rawt-uhr-dahm]
  1. a seaport in SW Netherlands.
  2. a town in E New York, on the Mohawk River.
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Contemporary Examples of rotterdam

Historical Examples of rotterdam

  • The first aspect of Rotterdam is strongly in favour of the people.

  • This was her first voyage, and she was said to be the largest ship out of Rotterdam.

    Ned Myers

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • Shall get to Ostend, or Rotterdam, safe and snug; thence to Paris.

    Night and Morning, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • Are you going to land them at the Hook or take them on to Rotterdam, sir?

    Roden's Corner

    Henry Seton Merriman

  • I have also given Erasmus of Rotterdam a Passion engraved in copper.

    Albert Durer

    T. Sturge Moore

British Dictionary definitions for rotterdam


  1. a port in the SW Netherlands, in South Holland province: the second largest city of the Netherlands and one of the world's largest ports; oil refineries, shipbuilding yards, etc. Pop: 600 000 (2003 est)
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rotterdam in Culture


City in the western Netherlands, near the North Sea. Second-largest city in The Netherlands, after Amsterdam, and its major foreign-trade center.

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The center of the city was destroyed during World War II by German bombs.
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