a seaport on the island of Curaçao, in the S West Indies: capital of the Netherlands Antilles.
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[koor-uh-sou, -soh, kyoor-; koor-uh-sou, -soh, kyoor-]
the main island of the Netherlands Antilles, off the NW coast of Venezuela. 173 sq. mi. (448 sq. km). Capital: Willemstad.
(lowercase) . Also, curaçao [kyoor-uh-soh, -soh-uh] . a cordial or liqueur flavored with the peel of the sour orange.

Netherlands Antilles

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.
Formerly Curaçao, Netherlands West Indies, Dutch West Indies.

Netherlands Antillean, adjective, noun
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Curaçao (ˌkjʊərəˈsəʊ)
1.  an island in the Caribbean, the largest in the Netherlands Antilles. Capital: Willemstad. Pop: 137 094 (2007 est). Area: 444 sq km (171 sq miles)
2.  an orange-flavoured liqueur originally made there

Netherlands Antilles
pl n
the Netherlands Antilles Curaçao, the Dutch West Indies, Former names: the Netherlands West Indies 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)

Willemstad (Dutch ˈwɪləmstɑt)
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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Word Origin & History

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.
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Netherlands Antilles [(an-til-eez)]

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

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