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See also: holstein and holst ein


Etymology 1[edit]

From a tribe which inhabited the area, the Holsten / Holtsaten. The name is equivalent to German Holz (wood) + Sassen (inhabitant), German Low German Holt (wood) + Saten (inhabitant).

Proper noun[edit]


  1. The region between the rivers Elbe and Eider, to the south of Schleswig, part of the German state of Schleswig-Holstein.
    • 1880, Nassau William, senior, Conversations with distinguished persons during the Second Empire, volume 1, page 206:
      Schleswig refuses to be separated from Holstein.
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Etymology 2[edit]

From the animals' region of origin: the horses came from Schleswig-Holstein, the cows came from the area of Frisia and Holstein.


Holstein (plural Holsteins)

  1. A type of dairy cattle, distinctively colored in splotches of black and white.
  2. A breed of horse, thought to be the oldest of the warmblood breeds, used in show jumping.

Etymology 3[edit]

Proper noun[edit]


  1. A surname​.
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