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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • The capital city of Belgium, in the central part of the country. Once the chief town of Brabant, it was made (1530) the capital of the Netherlands under the Habsburgs. Officially bilingual (Flemish and French), it became capital of Belgium in 1830.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A city of Belgium, giving its name to a kind of carpet, a kind of lace, etc.
  • noun a kind of carpet made of worsted yarn fixed in a foundation web of strong linen thread. The worsted, which alone shows on the upper surface in drawn up in loops to form the pattern.
  • noun a name given to the handmade ground of real Brussels lace. It is very costly because of the extreme fineness of the threads.
  • noun an expensive kind of lace of several varieties, originally made in Brussels.
  • noun an imitation of Brussels ground, made by machinery.
  • noun See Point lace.
  • noun (Bot.) a plant of the Cabbage family, which produces, in the axils of the upright stem, numerous small green heads, or “sprouts,” each a cabbage in miniature, of one or two inches in diameter; the thousand-headed cabbage.
  • noun a ground for lace, made of silk, with meshes partly straight and partly arched.

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  • proper noun The capital of Belgium.
  • proper noun idiomatic The European Union.

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

  • noun the capital and largest city of Belgium; seat of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization

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