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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.


  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈflɑːn.dəz/
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  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈflæn.dɚz/
  • Rhymes: (Received Pronunciation) -ɑːndə(ɹ)z, (General American) -ændə(ɹ)z

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Flanders (countable and uncountable, plural Flanderses)

  1. The County of Flanders, a historical county of Europe, of varying extent.
  2. A community and administrative region in the north of Belgium, consisting of the Dutch-speaking area of Belgium.
  3. Two provinces in Belgian Flanders, West-Flanders and East-Flanders.
  4. Ellipsis of French Flanders, a former province of France, now constituting the French department Nord.
  5. The principal railway station in Lille, capital of the above.
  6. A surname.

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