noun, often capitalized
hol·​land | \ ˈhä-lənd How to pronounce holland (audio) \

Definition of holland

 (Entry 1 of 4)

: a cotton or linen fabric in plain weave usually heavily sized or glazed and used for window shades, bookbinding, and clothing


biographical name (1)
Hol·​land | \ ˈhä-lənd How to pronounce Holland (audio) \

Definition of Holland (Entry 2 of 4)

John Philip 1840–1914 American (Irish-born) inventor


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Definition of Holland (Entry 3 of 4)

Sir Sidney George 1893–1961 prime minister of New Zealand (1945–57)


geographical name
Hol·​land | \ ˈhä-lənd How to pronounce Holland (audio) \

Definition of Holland (Entry 4 of 4)

1 city in western Michigan on Lake Michigan population 33,051
2 medieval county of the Holy Roman Empire bordering on the North Sea, now forming the North Holland and South Holland provinces of the Netherlands

Other Words from holland

Geographical name

Hollander \ ˈhä-​lən-​dər How to pronounce Hollander (audio) \ noun

First Known Use of holland


14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for holland


Middle English holand, from Holand, county in the Netherlands, from Middle Dutch Holland

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“Holland.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/holland. Accessed 19 Oct. 2020.

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