Basel

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

Definition of Basel

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