Definitions

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

  • An economic union of Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg, originally established as a customs union in 1948.

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  • proper n. an economic and customs union made up of Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg; one of the precursors of the European Union

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a customs union comprising Belgium and Netherlands and Luxembourg

Etymologies

From the first letters of Belgium, Netherlands and Luxembourg (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • He mentioned the term Benelux -- the pact between Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxemburg that predated the European Union.

    Federation? Why Not?

  • These countries are also collectively referred to by the term Benelux, coined in 1949 when the Netherlands joined the existing Belgium-Luxembourg [[customs union]].

    Conservapedia - Recent changes [en]

  • We have grouped this country in four business units: Great Britain, France, Belgium, Netherlands, and Luxembourg, which we call Benelux, and then recently acquired Norway and Sweden.

  • Bookstores in Benelux (Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg)

    2009 September 02 | NIGEL BEALE NOTA BENE BOOKS

  • One example we in Benelux experienced: real development showed that the grossly increased volume of trade between the three countries did not imply that whole two-digit industries were wiped out in one or the other country, but only much smaller subsectors.

    Jan Tinbergen - Prize Lecture

  • Its inception in 1951 saw six so-called Benelux countries pool their steel and coal resources to try and protect each other from another world war--a Frenchman named Jean Monnet had conceived the idea.

    Merkel Talks To Spanish PM About Endesa

  • Fourth on the list was "Benelux," meaning the region of Western Europe that includes Belgium, Netherlands and Luxemburg.

    Naples Daily News Stories

  • 'Benelux' nations call for EU president to have 'stature of a head of state'

    WN.com - Articles related to Juncker empört sich über Merkels Oettinger-Nominierung

  • Some smaller nations, including the "Benelux" countries, fear such a high-profile politician will use the office to monopolise the EU's political clout, undermining the "communitaire" spirit that currently gives them a voice.

    Telegraph.co.uk: news business sport the Daily Telegraph newspaper Sunday Telegraph

  • We also introduced the fall line of select overseas markets such as Benelux, Switzerland and Hong Kong and the results were comparable to the US.

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