From Middle English Flaunders, Flaundress, flawndirs, from Old French Flandres, from Middle Dutch vlâendren pl, from Vlander, from Old Frisian, from Proto-Germanic *flaumdrą (“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 πλῠ́μα (plúma, “dishwater, washing water”)). More at flow. "Waterlogged" refers to the mudflats and salt marshes common to coastal Flanders.
Flanders (countable and uncountable, plural Flanderses)
- The County of Flanders, a historical county of Europe, of varying extent.
1613 (date written), William Shakespeare, [John Fletcher], “The Famous History of the Life of King Henry the Eight”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies […] (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, →OCLC, [Act III, scene ii]:
When you went / Ambassador to the Emperor, you made bold / To carry into Flanders the great seal.
- A community and administrative region in the north of Belgium, consisting of the Dutch-speaking area of Belgium.
- Two provinces in Belgian Flanders, West-Flanders and East-Flanders.
- Ellipsis of French Flanders, a former province of France, now constituting the French department Nord.
- The principal railway station in Lille, capital of the above.
- A surname.
community and region in the north of federal Belgium
former province and region of northern France
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