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Willemstad

[vil-uh m-staht]
noun
  1. a seaport on the island of Curaçao, in the S West Indies: capital of the Netherlands Antilles.
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Netherlands Antilles

noun (used with a singular verb)
  1. a Netherlands overseas territory in the Caribbean Sea, N and NE of Venezuela; includes the islands of Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao, Saba, and St. Eustatius, and the S part of St. Martin: considered an integral part of the Dutch realm. 366 sq. mi. (948 sq. km). Capital: Willemstad.
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Formerly Curaçao, Netherlands West Indies, Dutch West Indies.
Related formsNetherlands Antillean, adjective, noun

Curaçao

[koo r-uh-sou, -soh, kyoo r-; koo r-uh-sou, -soh, kyoo r-]
noun
  1. the main island of the Netherlands Antilles, off the NW coast of Venezuela. 173 sq. mi. (448 sq. km). Capital: Willemstad.
  2. Netherlands Antilles.
  3. (lowercase) Also cu·ra·çao [kyoo r-uh-soh, -soh-uh] /ˌkyʊər əˈsoʊ, -ˈsoʊ ə/. a cordial or liqueur flavored with the peel of the sour orange.
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Historical Examples

  • But in Willemstad there are no particular places of interest.

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  • Willemstad is compact and tiny, with a miniature governor and palace.

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  • There are two towns: Willemstad, and, joined to it by bridges, Otrabanda.

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  • Then lifting his hat, and with another bow, he started in the direction of Willemstad.

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  • They accordingly hired one of the public landaus of Willemstad and told the driver to show them the places of interest.

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British Dictionary definitions for willemstad

Willemstad

noun
  1. the capital of the Netherlands Antilles, a port on the SW coast of Curaçao: important for refining Venezuelan oil. Pop: 137 000 (2005 est)
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Curaçao

noun
  1. an island in the Caribbean, the largest in the Netherlands Antilles. Capital: Willemstad. Pop: 146 836 (2013 est). Area: 444 sq km (171 sq miles)
  2. an orange-flavoured liqueur originally made there
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Netherlands Antilles

pl n
  1. the Netherlands Antilles two groups of islands in the Caribbean, in the Lesser Antilles: overseas division of the Netherlands, consisting of the S group of Curaçao, Aruba, and Bonaire, and the N group of Saint Eustatius, Saba, and the S part of Saint Martin; economy based on refining oil from Venezuela. Capital: Willemstad (on Curaçao). Pop: 222 000 (2004 est). Area: 996 sq km (390 sq miles)Former names: (until 1949) Curaçao, the Dutch West Indies, the Netherlands West Indies
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Word Origin and History for willemstad

Curacao

West Indian island, Curaçao, discovered 1499 by Alonso de Hojeda, who called it Isla de los Gigantes in reference to the stature of the natives. The modern name probably is a Europeanized version of some lost native word. The liqueur is made from the dried peel of the Curaçao orange.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

willemstad in Culture

Netherlands Antilles

[(an-til-eez)]

Group of islands, administered by The Netherlands, in the Caribbean Sea, off the northern coast of Venezuela.

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Note

The principal islands of Aruba, Bonaire, and Curaçao, combining Caribbean beaches and Dutch charm, are popular resorts.
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