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EnglishEdit

 
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EtymologyEdit

From Old Dutch holt lant (wood land). A popular but false etymology holds that it is derived from hol land (hollow land), inspired by the low-lying geography of both the Dutch and the English region (Holland, Lincolnshire); the latter's name is derived from Old English hoh land (spur land).

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Holland

  1. The Netherlands.
  2. A region of the Netherlands formed by two provinces: North Holland and South Holland.
  3. An English habitational surname​ for someone from the Netherlands, or from any of the various places in England named Holland.
  4. A historical region of Lincolnshire in England (also called Parts of Holland).

Usage notesEdit

  • Outside the Netherlands, and even sometimes in the Netherlands itself, the term “Holland” often refers to the Netherlands as a whole. This use can sometimes be considered insensitive, especially by residents of the other provinces of the Netherlands. It is somewhat similar to referring to the United Kingdom as “England”.

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DanishEdit

 
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EtymologyEdit

  This entry lacks etymological information. If you are familiar with the origin of this term, please add it to the page per etymology instructions, or discuss it at the Etymology scriptorium.

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Holland

  1. (sometimes proscribed) Netherlands (country in northwestern Europe)

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DutchEdit

 
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EtymologyEdit

From Old Dutch holt lant (wood land). A popular but false etymology holds that it is derived from hol land (hollow land), inspired by the low-lying geography of the Dutch region.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˈɦɔlɑnt/
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Proper nounEdit

Holland n

  1. Holland (traditional region, the modern provinces North Holland and South Holland)
  2. (in patriotic context) the Netherlands
    Ik hou van Holland.
    I love the Netherlands.
    When cheering for a sports team:
    Hup Holland hup!
    Go Netherlands go!
  3. (mostly in Belgium, proscribed) the Netherlands as a whole

Usage notesEdit

People in the Netherlands generally do not call their country Holland, especially not if they live outside the two provinces of that name. It can be seen as reinforcing Hollandic political and/or cultural dominance, which might be sensitive to some, although unlikely to cause serious offence. However, the term is more widely used to mean "Netherlands" in international contexts, such as in international shipping, and it is also widespread in sports.

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GermanEdit

 
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EtymologyEdit

From Middle High German Hollant, from Old Dutch Hollant.

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Holland n (genitive Hollands)

  1. Holland (the two provinces)
    • 1873, Wiener Weltausstellung 1873. Special-Catalog der Ausstellung des Königreichs der Niederlande nebst einem Uebersichtsplan dieser Ausstellung, page 24:
      Die schönsten Weiden findet man in den beiden Hollanden und in Friesland.
    • 1885, Jahresbericht über die Leistungen auf dem Gebiete der Veterinär-Medicin. Vierter Jahrgang (Jahr 1884), page 36:
      In jenen Provinzen, besonders den beiden Hollanden und Friesland, wo sehr grosse Landesstrecken nur aus den nebeneinander gelegenen Weiden bestehen, ist [...]
  2. (somewhat informal) Netherlands (the country)
    Synonym: Niederlande

Usage notesEdit

  • In formal contexts, Holland referring to the whole country is now relatively rare.
  • In common speech, Holland continues to be the normal word. The main reason is that the synonym Niederlande is quite long and, moreover, requires a definite article (as in English). Compare:
Wir fahren nach Holland. (three syllables)
Wir fahren in die Niederlande. (six syllables)

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IcelandicEdit

EtymologyEdit

  This entry lacks etymological information. If you are familiar with the origin of this term, please add it to the page per etymology instructions, or discuss it at the Etymology scriptorium.

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Holland n

  1. Holland, the Netherlands

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LuxembourgishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Middle High German Hollant, from Old Dutch Hollant.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˈholant/, [ˈholɑnt]

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Holland n

  1. the Netherlands, Holland

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Norwegian BokmålEdit

 
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EtymologyEdit

  This entry lacks etymological information. If you are familiar with the origin of this term, please add it to the page per etymology instructions, or discuss it at the Etymology scriptorium.

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Holland

  1. (archaic) Holland (when referring to the Netherlands, but still relates to the region of Holland)

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Norwegian NynorskEdit

 
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EtymologyEdit

  This entry lacks etymological information. If you are familiar with the origin of this term, please add it to the page per etymology instructions, or discuss it at the Etymology scriptorium.

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Holland

  1. (archaic) Holland (when referring to the Netherlands, but still relates to the region of Holland)

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SwedishEdit

 
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EtymologyEdit

  This entry lacks etymological information. If you are familiar with the origin of this term, please add it to the page per etymology instructions, or discuss it at the Etymology scriptorium.

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Holland n (genitive Hollands)

  1. Holland, a region in the Netherlands. Often referring to the whole of the Netherlands.