Definitions

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

  • A historical region of northwest Europe including parts of northern France, western Belgium, and southwest Netherlands along the North Sea. For many centuries it enjoyed virtual independence and great prosperity as a center of the cloth industry. The Habsburg wars in the Low Countries caused the eventual division of the region, which suffered heavy damage during World War I and World War II.
  • A Dutch-speaking region of northern Belgium. It was granted limited autonomy in 1980.

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  • proper noun historical The Countship of Flanders, of varying extent.
  • proper noun A subnational state in the north of federal Belgium, the institutional merger of a territorial region and the Dutch language 'community' which also has/shares some authority in the capital region Brussels.
  • proper noun Two provinces in Belgian Flanders: (West-Flanders and East-Flanders).
  • proper noun Short for French Flanders, a former province of the French kingdom on territory taken from the above countship, now constituting the French department Nord.
  • proper noun The principal railway station in Lille, capital of the above.

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  • noun a medieval country in northern Europe that included regions now parts of northern France and Belgium and southwestern Netherlands

Etymologies

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From French Flandres, from Dutch Vlaanderen (pl.), from Middle Dutch Vlander, from Old Frisian, from Proto-Germanic *flaumdra ‘waterlogged land’, from *flaumaz ‘flowing, current (water)’ (compare Old High German weraltfloum ("transitoriness of life"), Old Norse flaumr ("eddy")), from Proto-Indo-European *plow-m- ‘flow’ (compare Ancient Greek plŷma ("dishwater, washing water")). More at flow. "Waterlogged" refers to the mudflats and salt marshes common to coastal Flanders.

Examples

  • Practically the term Flanders or Flemish lace can be applied to all the laces made in Flanders and Belgium of the earliest periods.

    Chats on Old Lace and Needlework

  • The mud in Flanders is of the most oozy description.

    With Canada at the Front

  • A letter posted from the trenches in Flanders in 1915 was delivered to its correct destination last week.

    Miscellaneous

  • This carmel had been founded in Flanders at the time of the Reformation.

    More Encouraging News from the Franciscans of the Immaculate: Their House in Lanherne, England

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    Good news – Flanders is back

  • Cambric was a kind of fine white linen, originally made at Cambray in Flanders, though the name was occasionally also applied to an imitation made of hard-spun cotton.

    Mrs. Hume

  • The mortal combat in Flanders fields, by contrast, was the prelude to a continental darkness far more Stygian than anything that could even have been imagined before it.

    The Pity of War

  • The mortal combat in Flanders fields, by contrast, was the prelude to a continental darkness far more Stygian than anything that could even have been imagined before it.

    The Pity of War

  • Bart De Wever, the Alliance's leader, is also fighting for more administrative control over some small towns that are in Flanders but are part of Brussels's electoral and judicial districts.

    Belgian Bond Auction Eases Concerns

  • Cambric was a kind of fine white linen, originally made at Cambray in Flanders, though the name was occasionally also applied to an imitation made of hard-spun cotton.

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