Definition of Netherlands
1 low countries —a historical usage
2 or the Netherlands or Holland \ ˈhä-lənd \ or Dutch Nederland \ ˈnā-dər-ˌlänt \ country in northwestern Europe on the North Sea; a kingdom, official capital Amsterdam, seat of government The Hague area 16,040 square miles (41,543 square kilometers), population 17,151,000
Note: Nearly a quarter of the Netherlands lies below sea level.
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