Definitions

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

  • A city of southwest Michigan southwest of Grand Rapids. Founded in 1847 by Dutch settlers, it is a manufacturing center and summer resort. Population: 34,200.
  • See Netherlands.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. The Netherlands.
  • proper n. A region of the Netherlands formed by two provinces: North Holland and South Holland.
  • proper n. An English habitational surname for someone from the Netherlands, or from any of the various places in England named Holland.

Etymologies

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). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • TOWN OF HOLLAND - One person is dead and another person unaccounted for after a fire leveled a Town of Holland home Wednesday morning, according to the Sheboygan County Sheriff's Department.

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  • Every place we have in Holland is full every time we open it.

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  • No clothing had been made in Holland from the time the Germans came into the country four years before.

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  • Breda, in Holland, is where Temple seems to have written from on his way home.

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  • Andy shall henceforth be known as "Stuck-Up Wanker," I'm simply "Schmuck," (maschugana and schlemiel didn't fit) and since "pancake" is apparently an extremely derogatory insult in Holland, the Dutch word for pancake (pahnenkoek) shall be Nadine's new nickname.

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  • The cartoonist blames his woes on what he calls Holland's "political correctness industry," a network of often state-funded organizations set up to protect Muslims and other minority groups.

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  • A motorbike was parked by the porch and a scarf with the word "Holland" emblazoned on it was pride of place on the wall, a gift from his daughter's Dutch husband.

    BBC News - Home

  • I live in Holland which is very flat, so there's nowhere for the kids to go sledding when it snows.

    Ski Delft

  • I also visited the notorious concentration camp at Vucht in Holland which is near Hertogenbosch.

    The Approaching Climax

  • The 21-minute piece will have its Manhattan premiere on Thursday as part of the troupe's fall gala, and Mr. Millepied, who had been away in Holland working on yet another new full ballet, was checking back in with the company.

    A Dancer's Whirlwind Moves

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