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

  • A region of northwest Europe comprising Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg.

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  • proper noun The countries on low-lying land around the delta of the Rhine, Scheldt, and Meuse (Maas) rivers.

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  • noun the lowland region of western Europe on the North Sea: Belgium and Luxembourg and the Netherlands


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  • Who you dreaded very likely depended on where you lived and who was therefore most likely to show up demanding money with menaces :- HB was probably written in Gwynedd, and if the source material came from the same region it may just indicate that the local bogeymen in north-west Wales came from what's now Ireland and Scotland rather than from Germany and the Low Countries, which is entirely likely just from geography.


  • The operational direction of the light Sea Lion naval forces based in France and the Low Countries was the responsibility of Admiral Saalwächter, the C. -in-C. of Naval Group West, who further co-operated with Army Group A and the two Luftflotten.

    Operation Sea Lion

  • Further north lay the Sugambri, and the delta of the river in the Low Countries was the seat of the brave Batavii, from whom came the bulk of the legions by means of which Agricola obtained a footing in far Caledonia.

    Hero Tales and Legends of the Rhine

  • And, for the most part, it has held onto its street cred among beer lovers, although some in the Low Countries now question whether its size has diluted the magic of signature beers such as Duvel, a dry, fruity golden ale also sold in the U.S.

    Belgian Brewer Finds Crafty Success

  • Frequent easterly winds brought air across some of the most industrial and urbanised areas of northern Europe before circulating it over the UK, northern France and the Low Countries.

    Pollutionwatch: Dry weather brings poor air

  • Levels of airborne particles started to increase over the Low Countries and the extreme south-east of the UK on 17 February.

    Pollutionwatch: Battle of Britain as Atlantic air takes on continental air

  • The blight was not confined to Ireland, it also reached southern Britain and the Low Countries.

    Weatherwatch: the Irish potato famine

  • Until a couple of years ago, if somebody remarked how much they liked the Flemish Primitives, you probably would have assumed they were referring to Jan van Eyck and other Early Renaissance artists who flourished in the Low Countries more than 500 years ago.

    Where stars shine brightly

  • By tonight Simpson felt it was time to update his analogy with 1940 after Brown's resignation announcement: "It is like Neville Chamberlain saying in 1940 I intend resigning but not until the autumn party conference because I am the best man to deal with this rather large German offensive coming through the Low Countries."

    Conservatives try to trump Gordon Brown's promise after rollercoaster day

  • Once he brought his manuscripts to Italy, they wouldn ' t have said, ' Oh, this comes from the Low Countries — what kind of sound do they make?

    Medievalists Go Modern


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