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
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- n. a customs union comprising Belgium and Netherlands and Luxembourg
He mentioned the term Benelux -- the pact between Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxemburg that predated the European Union.
These countries are also collectively referred to by the term Benelux, coined in 1949 when the Netherlands joined the existing Belgium-Luxembourg [[customs union]].
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)
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.
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.
Fourth on the list was "Benelux," meaning the region of Western Europe that includes Belgium, Netherlands and Luxemburg.
'Benelux' nations call for EU president to have 'stature of a head of state'
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.
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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