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[bah-zuh l] /ˈbɑ zəl/
a city in and the capital of Basel-Stadt, in NW Switzerland, on the Rhine River.
a canton in N Switzerland, divided into two independent areas.
Also, Basle.
French Bâle.


[bah-zuh l-shtaht] /ˈbɑ zəlˌʃtɑt/
a demicanton in N Switzerland: virtually coextensive with the city of Basel. 14 sq. mi. (36 sq. km).
Capital: Basel. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • On the approach of the duke of Savoy he removed to Basel in 1579.

  • Basel, for all her differences with him, buried Erasmus with great honours.

    Holbein Beatrice Fortescue
  • This short work was first printed in Basel, 1549, and consists of one chapter of 23 folio pages.

    De Re Metallica Georgius Agricola
  • The silk-brocade industry is centred chiefly in this city and Basel.

    Commercial Geography Jacques W. Redway
  • As already stated, his wife survived him by six years, dying at Basel in 1549.

    Holbein Beatrice Fortescue
British Dictionary definitions for Basel


a variant spelling of Basle
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Basel

city in northwestern Switzerland, founded 44 C.E. as Robur (from Latin roburetum "oak grove"); renamed 374 as Basilia (from Greek basilea "royal") when it became the "royal" fortress of Valentinian I.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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