Holland

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Dutch holt lant (wood land). A popular but false etymology holds that it is derived from hol land (hollow land), inspired by the low-lying geography of both the Dutch and the English region (Holland, Lincolnshire); the latter's name is derived from Old English hoh land (spur land).

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Holland

  1. A region of the Netherlands formed by two provinces: North Holland and South Holland.
  2. (metonymically, see usage notes) The Netherlands.
  3. An English habitational surname, from Middle English​ for someone from the Netherlands, or from any of the various places in England named Holland.
  4. A historical region of Lincolnshire in England (also called Parts of Holland).

Usage notes[edit]

  • Outside the Netherlands, and even sometimes in the Netherlands itself, the term Holland often refers to the Netherlands as a whole. This use is often regarded as incorrect by Dutch people and may sometimes be considered insensitive, especially by residents of the other provinces of the Netherlands. It is somewhat similar to referring to the United Kingdom as “England”. In the context of sports matches, people from the Netherlands do often use Holland themselves for the country as a whole.

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Danish[edit]

Danish Wikipedia has an article on:
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Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Dutch Holland, probably = Old Dutch holt (wood) + lant (land).

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Holland

  1. Holland (a region of the Netherlands)
  2. (common, sometimes proscribed) Netherlands (a country in northwestern Europe)

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Dutch[edit]

Dutch Wikipedia has an article on:
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Etymology[edit]

From Old Dutch holt lant (wood land). A popular but false etymology holds that it is derived from hol land (hollow land), inspired by the low-lying geography of the Dutch region.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈɦɔlɑnt/
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  • Hyphenation: Hol‧land

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Holland n

  1. Holland (traditional region, the modern provinces North Holland and South Holland)
    Holland is sterk verstedelijkt.
    Holland is highly urbanised.
    In de Republiek was Holland het dominante gewest.
    Holland was the dominant province in the Dutch Republic.
  2. (in patriotic contexts) the Netherlands
    Ik hou van Holland.
    I love the Netherlands.
    When cheering for a sports team:
    Hup Holland hup!
    Go Netherlands go!
  3. (mostly in Belgium, somewhat informal, proscribed) the Netherlands as a whole
    Hij is voor zijn werk naar Holland geëmigreerd.
    He has emigrated to Holland for his job.
    Synonym: Nederland

Usage notes[edit]

  • People in the Netherlands generally do not call their country Holland, especially not if they live outside the two provinces of that name. It can be seen as reinforcing Hollandic political and/or cultural dominance, which might be a sensitive subject for some, although unlikely to cause serious offence. However, the term is more widely used to mean “Netherlands” in international contexts, such as in international shipping, and it is also widespread in sports.
  • In Belgium Holland is very frequently used as a pars pro toto for the Netherlands, but this is somewhat less common in edited writing and in formal spoken language, where it may be consciously avoided.

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German[edit]

German Wikipedia has an article on:
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Etymology[edit]

From Middle High German Hollant, from Old Dutch Hollant.

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Holland n (genitive Hollands)

  1. Holland (region and two provinces of the Netherlands)
    • 1873, Wiener Weltausstellung 1873. Special-Catalog der Ausstellung des Königreichs der Niederlande nebst einem Uebersichtsplan dieser Ausstellung, page 24:
      Die schönsten Weiden findet man in den beiden Hollanden und in Friesland.
    • 1885, Jahresbericht über die Leistungen auf dem Gebiete der Veterinär-Medicin. Vierter Jahrgang (Jahr 1884), page 36:
      In jenen Provinzen, besonders den beiden Hollanden und Friesland, wo sehr grosse Landesstrecken nur aus den nebeneinander gelegenen Weiden bestehen, ist [...]
  2. (somewhat informal) the Netherlands (a country in Western Europe)
    Synonym: Niederlande

Usage notes[edit]

  • In formal contexts, Holland referring to the whole country is now relatively rare.
  • In common speech, Holland continues to be the normal word. The main reason is that the synonym Niederlande is quite long and, moreover, requires a definite article (as in English). Compare:
Wir fahren nach Holland. (three syllables)
Wir fahren in die Niederlande. (six syllables)

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Icelandic[edit]

Etymology[edit]

(This etymology is missing or incomplete. Please add to it, or discuss it at the Etymology scriptorium.)

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Holland n

  1. Holland, the Netherlands

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Luxembourgish[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle High German Hollant, from Old Dutch Hollant.

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  • IPA(key): /ˈholant/, [ˈholɑnt]

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Holland n

  1. the Netherlands, Holland

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Norwegian Bokmål[edit]

Norwegian Wikipedia has an article on:
Wikipedia no

Etymology[edit]

(This etymology is missing or incomplete. Please add to it, or discuss it at the Etymology scriptorium.)

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Holland

  1. (archaic) Holland (when referring to the Netherlands, but still relates to the region of Holland)

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Norwegian Nynorsk[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

(This etymology is missing or incomplete. Please add to it, or discuss it at the Etymology scriptorium.)

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Holland

  1. (archaic) Holland (when referring to the Netherlands, but still relates to the region of Holland)

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Swedish[edit]

Swedish Wikipedia has an article on:
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Etymology[edit]

From Dutch Holland

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Holland n (genitive Hollands)

  1. Holland, a region in the Netherlands. Often referring to the whole of the Netherlands.