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Holland

[hol-uh nd] /ˈhɒl ənd/
noun
1.
John Philip, 1840–1914, Irish inventor in the U.S.
2.
Sir Sidney (George) 1893–1961, New Zealand political leader: prime minister 1949–57.
3.
the Netherlands.
4.
a medieval county and province on the North Sea, corresponding to the modern North and South Holland provinces of the Netherlands.
5.
a city in W Michigan.
6.
Textiles.
  1. a cotton cloth treated to produce an opaque finish, as for window shades.
  2. Holland finish.
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British Dictionary definitions for j. holland

holland

/ˈhɒlənd/
noun
1.
a coarse linen cloth, used esp for furnishing
Word Origin
C15: after Holland, where it was made

Holland1

/ˈhɒlənd/
noun
1.
another name for the Netherlands
2.
a county of the Holy Roman Empire, corresponding to the present-day North and South Holland provinces of the Netherlands
3.
Parts of, an area in E England constituting a former administrative division of Lincolnshire

Holland2

/ˈhɒlənd/
noun
1.
Henry. 1745–1806, British neoclassical architect. His work includes Brooks's Club (1776) and Carlton House (1783), both in London
2.
Sir Sidney George. 1893–1961, New Zealand statesman; prime minister of New Zealand (1949–57)
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Word Origin and History for j. holland

Holland

"the Netherlands," early 14c., from Dutch Holland, probably Old Dutch holt lant "wood land," describing the district around Dordrecht, the nucleus of Holland. Technically, just one province of the Netherlands, but in English use extended to the whole nation.

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j. holland in Culture

Holland definition


A part of The Netherlands. Holland is a common name for the entire country.

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Encyclopedia Article for j. holland

holland

plainwoven unbleached or dull-finish linen used as furniture covering or a cotton fabric that is made more or less opaque by a glazed or unglazed finish (called the Holland finish), consisting of oil and a filling material. Originally the name was applied to any fine, plainwoven linens imported from the continent of Europe, and especially to the product obtained from The Netherlands.

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