Definitions

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  • proper n. The region of Continental Europe populated by speakers of Low, Middle and High West Germanic languages, roughly corresponding to the Netherlands, Flanders, Germany, Austria, and parts of Switzerland.
  • proper n. Germany.
  • proper n. Holland; The Netherlands (the region inhabited by the Dutch).

Etymologies

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From Middle English Duchelond ("Germany"), equivalent to Dutch +‎ land. Cognate with West Frisian Dútslân ("Germany"), Dutch Duitsland ("Germany"), German Deutschland ("Germany"), Swedish Tyskland ("Germany"), Icelandic Þýskaland ("Germany").

Examples

  • To hell if I'll ride a Dutch city bike-- I don't live anywhere near Dutchland.

    The Slap of Luxury: Vulgar Displays of Earning Power

  • I observe in [545] Turinge in Dutchland (twelve miles over by their scale) 12 counties, and in them 144 cities, 2000 villages, 144 towns, 250 castles.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • We have robbed Greece of Gluttonie, Italy of wantonnesse, Spaine of Pride, Fraunce of deceite, and Dutchland of quaffing.

    The More Things Change II

  • Some kind person called "Dutchie" told me that those Vape thingies are illegal in "Dutchland" I presume because they cause CANCER.

    Archive 2005-06-01

  • And still from those parts the Moscouites were furnished out of Dutchland by enterlopers with all arts and artificers, and had few or none by vs. The Italians also furnished them with engines of warre, and taught them warrelike stratagemes, and the arte of fortification.

    The Principal Navigations, Voyages, Traffiques and Discoveries of the English Nation

  • With some fluttering about the dykes and windmills of Dutchland, a flight through Belgium soon brought them once more to Paris.

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • Dutchland, and the people Dutch, and we call them German.

    The Adventures of Herr Baby

  • With some fluttering about the dykes and windmills of Dutchland, a flight through

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • He thought better of it, and never let on; lay there as mild as a deacon at a funeral, and they took him below to reflect on his native Dutchland.

    The Wrecker

  • "I'm the last person on earth you expected to see here in Dutchland, I suppose?"

    Story of Chester Lawrence

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