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Hague

[heyg] /heɪg/
noun
1.
The, a city in the W Netherlands, near the North Sea: site of the government, royal residence, and of the International Court of Justice.

South Holland

noun
1.
a province in the SW Netherlands. 1086 sq. mi. (2810 sq. km).
Capital: The Hague.
2.
a city in NE Illinois.
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British Dictionary definitions for the hague

Hague1

/heɪɡ/
noun
1.
The Hague, the seat of government of the Netherlands and capital of South Holland province, situated about 3 km (2 miles) from the North Sea. Pop: 464 000 (2003 est) Dutch names 's Gravenhage, Den Haag

Hague2

/heɪɡ/
noun
1.
William Jefferson. born 1961, British politician; leader of the Conservative party (1997–2001); foreign secretary from 2010; as a writer he is noted for his biography of William Pitt the Younger (2004)

South Holland

noun
1.
a province of the SW Netherlands, on the North Sea: lying mostly below sea level, it has a coastal strip of dunes and is drained chiefly by distributaries of the Rhine, with large areas of reclaimed land; the most densely populated province in the country, intensively cultivated and industrialized. Capital: The Hague. Pop: 3 440 000 (2003 est). Area: 3196 sq km (1234 sq miles) Dutch name Zuidholland
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Word Origin and History for the hague

Hague

city in Netherlands, from Dutch Den Haag, short for 's Gravenhage, literally "the count's hedge" (i.e. the hedge-enclosed hunting grounds of the counts of Holland); see haw. In French, it is La Haye.

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the hague in Culture
The Hague [(hayg)]

Seat of the government of The Netherlands, located in the western Netherlands, near the North Sea.

Note: The city is frequently the site of international conferences.
Note: The International Court of Justice and the Permanent Court of Arbitration are both housed in the city in the Peace Palace, which was built to fulfill the dream that The Hague might become the neutral capital of the world.
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South Holland

district, administrative and historic county of Lincolnshire, east-central England, occupying an area of reclaimed marshland within the Fens. It borders the Wash, a shallow bay of the North Sea, to the northeast. The dry flatlands in the north along the Wash were formed as islands of silt interspersed with marshes when large stretches of silt penned in by glaciers of the Pleistocene Epoch piled up on the shores of a shallow inland sea. Flat plains of peat farther inland were formed as plants decayed on the shallow sea bottom. Throughout the Middle Ages piecemeal encroachment upon the edges of the silt land took place for agricultural use, but the whole expanse of peat land remained virtually undrained until the mid-17th century. Spalding, an ancient market town and now the administrative centre of the district, is a headquarters for the now elaborate drainage and flood-control system of the Fens.

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