Basel

geographical name
Ba·​sel | \ˈbä-zəl \
variants: or French Bâle or older Basle \ˈbäl \

Definition of Basel 

1 former canton of northwestern Switzerland, now divided into two half cantons: Ba*sel-Land \ˈbä-​zəl-​ˌlänt \ (capital Liestal area 165 square miles, or 429 square kilometers; population 261,400) and Ba*sel-Stadt \ˈbä-​zəl-​ˌshtät \ (capital Basel area 14 square miles, or 36 square kilometers; population 186,700)

2 city in northwestern Switzerland; capital of Basel-Stadt population 164,850

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