hol·​land ˈhä-lənd How to pronounce holland (audio)
often capitalized
: a cotton or linen fabric in plain weave usually heavily sized or glazed and used for window shades, bookbinding, and clothing

Word History


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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of holland was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Holland.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/holland. Accessed 21 Jul. 2024.

Geographical Definition


geographical name

Hol·​land ˈhä-lənd How to pronounce Holland (audio)
city in western Michigan on Lake Michigan population 33,051
medieval county of the Holy Roman Empire bordering on the North Sea, now forming the North Holland and South Holland provinces of the Netherlands
Hollander noun

Biographical Definition

Holland 1 of 2

biographical name (1)

Hol·​land ˈhä-lənd How to pronounce Holland (audio)
John Philip 1840–1914 American (Irish-born) inventor


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biographical name (2)

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

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