geographical name 1. Low Countries — a historical usage 2. (or the Netherlands) (or Holland) (or Dutch Nederland) country NW Europe on North Sea; a kingdom, official capital Amsterdam, de facto capital The Hague area 16,033 square miles (41,525 square kilometers), population 15,009,000 • Netherland adjectiveNetherlander nounNetherlandic adjectiveNetherlandish adjective

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