Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • A country of northwest Europe on the North Sea. Inhabited in ancient times by the Belgae, the region was part of the Roman and Carolingian empires before breaking up into a number of feudal states during the Middle Ages. The area occupied by present-day Belgium passed to the Hapsburgs in the 15th century and to the French in the 18th century. Following the defeat of Napoleon in 1815, Belgium was given to the kingdom of the Netherlands, from which it gained independence as a separate kingdom in 1830. Brussels is the capital and the largest city. Population: 10,400,000.

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  • proper n. A country in Western Europe that has borders with the Netherlands, Germany, Luxembourg and France.

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  • n. a monarchy in northwestern Europe; headquarters for the European Union and for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization

Etymologies

From Latin Belgium, from the name of the tribe of Belgae. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • VIRGINIA, VOLUNTEER STUDENT, BELGIUM (through translator): I am here as a liaison between the young kids in Belgium and the little ones here in Morocco.

    CNN Transcript May 30, 2005

  • BELGIUM: Showing he held no grudges against Zaire's former colonial masters, Mobutu invested most of his real estate portfolio in Belgium.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • March 2001 - BELGIUM - Eight people are killed when two passenger trains collide head on the same track at Pecrot in central Belgium.

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  • - BRUSSELS, BELGIUM - Police raided the home and former office of the recently retired archbishop of Belgium on Thursday, carrying off documents and a personal computer as part of an investigation into the sexual abuse of children by Roman Catholic priests, officials said.

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  • BELGIUM - An armed robber allegedly used his finger to mime a gun and stole several hundred dollars from a Belgium truck stop, authorities said Tuesday.

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  • Almost in belgium. wallybunny Just got back from vacation to Bomal in Belgium 90 miles drivin 'from Leuven (that's where I live) I had a great time.

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  • Belgium owes to your wise system of government, which has rendered that country so flourishing in every way, and how much all Europe is indebted to you for the preservation of general peace; because it is certain that when you ascended the throne of Belgium that country was the one from which the occasion of a general war was much to be feared; whereas now it is become a link to secure the continuance of peace; and by the happy circumstances of your double near relationship to me and to the King of the French, _Belgium_ -- which was in former times the cause of discord between England and France -- becomes now a mutual tie to keep them together.

    The Letters of Queen Victoria, Volume 1 (of 3), 1837-1843) A Selection from Her Majesty's Correspondence Between the Years 1837 and 1861

  • TYRE RUBBER APPLICATIONS ENGINEER, BELGIUM: Belgium

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  • May 12, 2009 9: 59 PM lw: the density and sprawl in Belgium is more than the area around our own Villabois near Wilsonville.

    Welcome, viewers in Villers-le-Bouillet! (Jack Bog's Blog)

  • Jack, I couldn't help but notice from this aerial that the density and sprawl in Belgium is more than the area around our own Villabois near Wilsonville.

    Welcome, viewers in Villers-le-Bouillet! (Jack Bog's Blog)

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