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[bruhs-uh lz] /ˈbrʌs əlz/
a city in and the capital of Belgium, in the central part.
Flemish Brussel
[brys-uh l] /ˈbrüs əl/ (Show IPA)
French Bruxelles. Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for brussel's


the capital of Belgium, in the central part: became capital of Belgium in 1830; seat of the European Commission. Pop: 999 899 (2004 est) Flemish name Brussel (ˈbrysəl) French name Bruxelles
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Word Origin and History for brussel's


capital of old Brabant, now of Belgium, of Germanic origin, from brocca "marsh" + sali "room, building," from Latin cella (see cell). It arose 6c. as a fortress on an island in a river. As a type of carpet, from 1799; as a type of lace, from 1748. Brussels sprouts (Brassica oleracea gemmifera) attested from 1748 (first written description is from 1580s).

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Brussels definition

Capital of Belgium and largest city in the country, located in central Belgium; a commercial, industrial, financial, administrative, and cultural center.

Note: Several international organizations, including NATO and the EU are headquartered in Brussels.
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