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ˈæm stərˌdæmam·s·ter·dam

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Amsterdam, Dutch capital, capital of The Netherlandsnoun

    an industrial center and the nominal capital of the Netherlands; center of the diamond-cutting industry; seat of an important stock exchange; known for its canals and art museum


  1. Amsterdamnoun

    A large city which is an industrial center and the official capital of The Netherlands. Population (2000) = 724,096.


  1. Amsterdamnoun

    A major Dutch port city in North-Holland, nominal capital of The Netherlands.

    The Dutch seat of government is not metropolis Amsterdam but The Hague

  2. Etymology: from the river Amstel + dam


  1. Amsterdam

    Amsterdam ( AM-stər-dam, UK also AM-stər-DAM, Dutch: [ˌɑmstərˈdɑm] (listen), lit. The Dam on the River Amstel) is the capital and most populous city of the Netherlands, with The Hague being the seat of government. It has a population of 921,402 within the city proper, 1,457,018 in the urban area and 2,480,394 in the metropolitan area. Located in the Dutch province of North Holland, Amsterdam is colloquially referred to as the "Venice of the North", for its large number of canals, now designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.Amsterdam was founded at the mouth of the Amstel River that was dammed to control flooding; the city's name derives from the Amstel dam. Originally a small fishing village in the late 12th century, Amsterdam became a major world port during the Dutch Golden Age of the 17th century, when the Netherlands was an economic powerhouse. Amsterdam is the leading center for finance and trade, as well as a hub of production of secular art. In the 19th and 20th centuries, the city expanded and many new neighborhoods and suburbs were planned and built. The canals of Amsterdam and the 19-20th century Defence Line of Amsterdam are both on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Sloten, annexed in 1921 by the municipality of Amsterdam, is the oldest part of the city, dating to the 9th century. The city has a long tradition of openness, liberalism, and tolerance. Cycling is key to the city's modern character, and there are numerous biking paths and lanes spread throughout the entire city.Amsterdam's main attractions include its historic canals; the Rijksmuseumcode: nld promoted to code: nl , the state museum with a vast collection of Dutch Golden Age art; the Van Gogh Museum; the Dam Square, where the Royal Palace of Amsterdam and former city hall (stadhuiscode: nld promoted to code: nl ) are located; the Amsterdam Museum; Stedelijk Museum, with modern art; Hermitage Amsterdam, the Concertgebouwcode: nld promoted to code: nl concert hall; the Anne Frank House; the Het Scheepvaartmuseumcode: nld promoted to code: nl , the Heineken Experience, the Natura Artis Magistracode: lat promoted to code: la ; Hortus Botanicus, NEMO, the red-light district and many cannabis coffee shops. The city is also well known for its nightlife and festival activity; with several of its nightclubs (Melkwegcode: nld promoted to code: nl , Paradiso) among the world's most famous. Primarily known for its artistic heritage, elaborate canal system and narrow canal houses with gabled façades; well-preserved legacies of the city's 17th-century Golden Age, and the establishment of the Van Gogh Museum, displaying the work of the famous Dutch modern artist, have attracted millions of visitors to Amsterdam annually. The Amsterdam Stock Exchange is considered the oldest "modern" securities market stock exchange in the world. As the commercial capital of the Netherlands and one of the top financial centres in Europe, Amsterdam is considered an alpha world city by the Globalization and World Cities Research Network. The city is also the cultural capital of the Netherlands. Many large Dutch institutions have their headquarters in the city, including: the Philips conglomerate, AkzoNobel, Booking.com, TomTom, and ING. Many of the world's largest companies are based in Amsterdam or have established their European headquarters in the city, such as leading technology companies Uber, Netflix and Tesla. In 2022, Amsterdam was ranked the ninth-best city in the world to live in by the Economist Intelligence Unit and 12th globally on quality of living for environment and infrastructure by Mercer. The city was ranked 4th place globally as top tech hub in the Savills Tech Cities 2019 report (2nd in Europe), and 3rd in innovation by Australian innovation agency 2thinknow in their Innovation Cities Index 2009. The Port of Amsterdam is the fifth largest in Europe. The KLM hub and Amsterdam's main airport, Schiphol, is the busiest airport in the Netherlands, the third busiest in Europe, and the 11th busiest airport in the world. The Dutch capital is considered one of the most multicultural cities in the world, with at least 177 nationalities represented. Immigration and ethnic segregation in Amsterdam is a current issue.A few of Amsterdam's notable residents throughout its history include painters Rembrandt and Vincent van Gogh, seventeenth-century philosopher Baruch Spinoza, and the Holocaust victim and diarist Anne Frank.


  1. amsterdam

    Amsterdam is the capital city of the Netherlands, known for its artistic heritage, elaborate canal system, narrow houses with gabled facades, and legacies of the city's 17th-century Golden Age. It is also renowned for museums such as the Van Gogh Museum, Anne Frank House, and the Rijksmuseum. The city's red-light district and cannabis coffee shops are also notable.


  1. Amsterdam

    Amsterdam is the capital and most populous city of the Netherlands, lying at the center of the Randstad, one of the largest metropolitan areas in Europe. Its status as the Dutch capital is mandated by the Constitution of the Netherlands. Amsterdam has a population of 801,200 within city limits, 1,557,905 in the urban region and 2,332,839 in the greater metropolitan area. The city is located in the province of North Holland in the west of the country. It comprises the northern part of the Randstad, one of the larger conurbations in Europe, with a population of approximately 7 million. Amsterdam's name derives from Amstelredamme, indicative of the city's origin: a dam in the river Amstel. Originating as a small fishing village in the late 12th century, Amsterdam became one of the most important ports in the world during the Dutch Golden Age, a result of its innovative developments in trade. During that time, the city was the leading center for finance and diamonds. In the 19th and 20th centuries, the city expanded, and many new neighborhoods and suburbs were planned and built. The 17th-century canals of Amsterdam, located in the heart of Amsterdam, were added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in July 2010.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Amsterdam

    the capital of Holland, a great trading city and port at the mouth of the Amsel, on the Zuyder Zee, resting on 90 islands connected by 300 bridges, the houses built on piles of wood driven into the marshy ground; is a largely manufacturing place, as well as an emporium of trade, one special industry being the cutting of diamonds and jewels; birthplace of Spinoza.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. amsterdam

    The capital of Holland. It was occupied by the French general Pichegru on January 19, 1795, and by the Prussians in 1813.

Etymology and Origins

  1. Amsterdam

    The town built on the dam of the Amstel.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Amsterdam is ranked #48160 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Amsterdam surname appeared 439 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Amsterdam.

    68.5% or 301 total occurrences were White.
    27.7% or 122 total occurrences were Black.
    2.5% or 11 total occurrences were of two or more races.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Amsterdam in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Amsterdam in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of Amsterdam in a Sentence

  1. Katie Couric:

    It’s probably not a news flash to tell you the Dutch are really, really good at speed skating. … ‘Why are they so good?’ you may be asking yourself, because skating is an important mode of transportation in a city like Amsterdam.

  2. Sergio Ermotti:

    I think Frankfurt is a location of choice. There are different, other locations that could come into consideration, i think about Amsterdam, I think about Madrid ... As we speak, we are narrowing down really the options.

  3. Chairman Carl-Peter Forster:

    We are currently presenting the taxi to major European cities. We've been to Oslo, Amsterdam, Paris, Barcelona, Berlin this week and based on this same platform ... we will offer this light commercial vehicle, 2019/20/21 that is our horizon.

  4. Katie Couric:

    Because skating is an important mode of transportation in a city like Amsterdam.

  5. Wiebe Wakker:

    I wanted to do my best to promote this technology and show that sustainability is a viable way of transport, i wanted to do something really that speaks to the imagination which is driving an electric car from Amsterdam to the other side of the world to show that it can be done.

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