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[am-ster-dam; for 1 also Dutch ahm-stuh r-dahm] /ˈæm stərˌdæm; for 1 also Dutch ˌɑm stərˈdɑm/
a city in and the official capital of the Netherlands.
Compare Hague, The.
a city in E New York. Unabridged
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  • Her palace at The Hague is pretty, but simple, while she finds the one in Amsterdam too large and too expensive for common use.

    Ways of War and Peace Delia Austrian
  • My gems I take to Amsterdam for sale, and I go abroad next week.

    The Opal Serpent Fergus Hume
  • A trial shipment of the coffee grown near Batavia was received at Amsterdam in 1706, also a plant for the botanical gardens.

    All About Coffee William H. Ukers
  • This time I landed at Ostend and took the train for Amsterdam.

  • Whalebone purfling has been frequently used, particularly by the old Amsterdam makers.

    The Violin George Hart
British Dictionary definitions for Amsterdam


/ˌæmstəˈdæm; Dutch ɑmstərˈdɑm/
the commercial capital of the Netherlands, a major industrial centre and port on the IJsselmeer, connected with the North Sea by canal: built on about 100 islands within a network of canals. Pop: 737 000 (2003 est)
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Word Origin and History for Amsterdam

principal city of the Netherlands; the name is a reference to the dam built on the Amstel river. Prevalence of dam in Dutch place names reflects the geography of Holland.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Amsterdam in Culture

Amsterdam definition

Capital of The Netherlands, located in the west-central region of the country.

Note: Seat of one of the world's chief stock exchanges and a center of the diamond-cutting industry, the city is also known for its canals and for a great art museum, the Rijksmuseum.
The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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