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[an-twerp] /ˈæn twərp/
a seaport in N Belgium, on the Scheldt.
a province in N Belgium. 1104 sq. mi. (2860 sq. km).
French Anvers.
Flemish Antwerpen
[ahnt-ver-puh n] /ˈɑnt vɛr pən/ (Show IPA)
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  • In 1598, when twenty-one years old, Rubens was admitted to the guild of painters in Antwerp.

  • The Scheldt was reopened and Antwerp regained most of its previous trade.

    Belgium Emile Cammaerts
  • In Belgium the city giant is still carried in procession in Antwerp, Douai, and other towns.

    The History of London Walter Besant
  • For such reasons, riots broke out in Brussels , Antwerp and Louvain .

    Belgium Emile Cammaerts
  • The same tone of extreme laudation is kept up in a short and hurried letter sent back to Battus from Antwerp on his way home.

  • Sugar was somewhat more in demand both at Antwerp and Hamburg.

    The Economist Various
  • In 1531, as we have seen, Martin Lempereur was working for him at Antwerp.

    Old Picture Books Alfred W. Pollard
British Dictionary definitions for Antwerp


a province of N Belgium. Pop: 1 668 812 (2004 est). Area: 2859 sq km (1104 sq miles)
a port in N Belgium, capital of Antwerp province, on the River Scheldt: a major European port. Pop: 455 148 (2004 est)
Flemish name Antwerpen (ˈɑntwɛrpə) French name Anvers
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Word Origin and History for Antwerp

port city in Belgium, French Anvers, from a Germanic compound of *anda "at" + *werpum "wharf" (see wharf). Folk etymology connects the first word with hand.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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