a city in and the capital of Belgium, in the central part.
Flemish Brussel [brys-uhl] .
French Bruxelles. Unabridged


a kingdom in W Europe, bordering the North Sea, N of France. 11,779 sq. mi. (30,508 sq. km). Capital: Brussels.
French Belgique [bel-zheek] .
Flemish België [bel-khee-uh] .


[bruh-bant, brah-buhnt; Dutch brah-bahnt; French bra-bahn]
a former duchy in W Europe, now divided between the Netherlands and Belgium. See map under Agincourt.
a province in central Belgium. 1268 sq. mi. (3285 sq. km). Capital: Brussels.

Brabantine [bruh-ban-tin, -tahyn] , adjective Unabridged
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Belgium (ˈbɛldʒəm)
a federal kingdom in NW Europe: at various times under the rulers of Burgundy, Spain, Austria, France, and the Netherlands before becoming an independent kingdom in 1830. It formed the Benelux customs union with the Netherlands and Luxembourg in 1948 and and was a founder member of the Common Market, now the European Union. It consists chiefly of a low-lying region of sand, woods, and heath (the Campine) in the north and west, and a fertile undulating central plain rising to the Ardennes Mountains in the southeast. Languages: French, Flemish (Dutch), German. Religion: Roman Catholic majority. Currency: euro. Capital: Brussels. Pop: 10 339 000 (2004 est). Area: 30 513 sq km (11 778 sq miles)

Brabant (brəˈbænt)
1.  a former duchy of W Europe: divided when Belgium became independent (1830), the south forming the Belgian provinces of Antwerp and Brabant and the north forming the province of North Brabant in the Netherlands
2.  a former province of central Belgium; replaced in 1995 by the provinces of Flemish Brabant and Walloon Brabant

Brussels (ˈbrʌsəlz)
Flemish name: Brussel, French name: Bruxelles the capital of Belgium, in the central part: became capital of Belgium in 1830; seat of the European Commission. Pop: 999 899 (2004 est)

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Word Origin & History

c.1600, "Low Germany and the Netherlands," from L. name of the territory occupied by the Belgæ, a Celtic tribe. Adopted 1830 as the name of a new nation formed from the southern part of the former United Kingdom of the Netherlands.

capital of old Brabant, now of Belgium, of Gmc. origin, from brocca "marsh" + sali "room, building," from L. 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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Belgium definition

Monarchy in northwestern Europe, bordered by the North Sea and The Netherlands to the north, Germany and Luxembourg to the east, and France to the south. Its capital and largest city is Brussels.

Note: Headquarters for the EU and for NATO.

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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