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Netherlands

[neth -er-luh ndz] /ˈnɛð ər ləndz/
noun
1.
the, (used with a singular or plural verb) a kingdom in W Europe, bordering on the North Sea, Germany, and Belgium. 13,433 sq. mi. (34,790 sq. km). Capitals: Amsterdam and The Hague.
Also called Holland.
Dutch Nederland.
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Netherlander
[neth -er-lan-der, -luh n-] /ˈnɛð ərˌlæn dər, -lən-/ (Show IPA),
noun
Netherlandian, adjective
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Netherlander

/ˈnɛðəˌlændə/
noun
1.
a native or inhabitant of the Netherlands

Netherlands

/ˈnɛðələndz/
noun (functioning as singular or pl) the Netherlands
1.
Also called Holland. a kingdom in NW Europe, on the North Sea: declared independence from Spain in 1581 as the United Provinces; became a major maritime and commercial power in the 17th century, gaining many overseas possessions; formed the Benelux customs union with Belgium and Luxembourg in 1948 and was a founder member of the Common Market, now the European Union. It is mostly flat and low-lying, with about 40 per cent of the land being below sea level, much of it on polders protected by dykes. Official language: Dutch. Religion: Christian majority, Protestant and Roman Catholic, large nonreligious minority. Currency: euro. Capital: Amsterdam, with the seat of government at The Hague. Pop: 16 805 037 (2013 est). Area: 41 526 sq km (16 033 sq miles) Dutch name Nederland
2.
the kingdom of the Netherlands together with the Flemish-speaking part of Belgium, esp as ruled by Spain and Austria before 1581; the Low Countries
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