from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- A city of southwest Netherlands northeast of The Hague. Dating from Roman times, Leiden has had an important textile industry since the 16th century. Its university, founded in 1575, was a noted center for the study of theology, science, and medicine in the 17th and 18th centuries. Population: 117,000.
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- proper n. A city in South Holland on the Old Rhine, seat of a famous Dutch university.
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- n. a city in the western Netherlands; residence of the Pilgrim Fathers for 11 years before they sailed for America in 1620
From Latin Lugdunum Batavorum (although the modern site is that of Roman Matilo, confused with modern Katwijk) (Wiktionary)