gemeente

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle Dutch gemeende, from Old Dutch *gimēnitha, from Proto-Germanic *gamainiz + *-iþō. Corresponds to gemeen +‎ -te.

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Noun[edit]

gemeente f (plural gemeenten or gemeentes, diminutive gemeentetje n)

  1. municipality, commune

Usage notes[edit]

In the Netherlands and Belgium, a municipality (gemeente) is part of a province (provincie), and is analogous to a county. Villages and small towns in a municipality are called dorpen or plaatsen. Larger towns and cities are called steden.

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