The Hague

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Alternative forms[edit]

  • the Hague (now nonstandard)


From the French translation (confused with La Hague) of Dutch Den Haag, short form of 's-Gravenhage, from Middle Dutch des Graven hage (1400s), literally, "the Count's hedge[-enclosed hunting grounds]",


  • (UK) IPA(key): /ðə ˈheɪɡ/
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Proper noun[edit]

The Hague

  1. A city and capital of South Holland, Netherlands; administrative capital of the Netherlands.
  2. A municipality of South Holland, Netherlands.
  3. (metonymically) The International Criminal Court or International Court of Justice.
  4. (figuratively, by extension, sometimes hyperbolic) Punishment for a very destructive, harmful or immoral act.

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