geographical name \ˈant-ˌwərp, ˈan-ˌtwərp\

Definition of ANTWERP

province N Belgium area 1104 square miles (2870 square kilometers), pop 1,652,450
city & port, its , on the Schelde pop 448,709

Variants of ANTWERP

Ant·werp or French An·vers \äⁿ-ˈver(s)\ or Flemish Ant·wer·pen \ˈänt-ˌver-pə(n)\

Rhymes with ANTWERP


geographical name    (Concise Encyclopedia)

City (pop., 2000 est.: 446,500), capital of Antwerp province, Belgium. One of the world's major seaports, it is located 55 mi (88 km) southeast of the North Sea. Because it lies in the Flemish-speaking part of Belgium, it plays the role of unofficial capital of Flanders. It received municipal rights in 1291 and became a member of the Hanseatic League by 1315. As a distribution centre for Spanish and Portuguese trade, it became the commercial and financial capital of Europe in the 16th century. Following destructive invasions it went into decline but began to revive after Napoleon's improvement of the harbour c. 1803. It was part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands (1815–30), then was ceded to Belgian nationalists. Its current economic life centres around shipping, port-related activities, and major manufacturing.

Variants of ANTWERP

Antwerp French Anvers Flemish Antwerpen


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