What does Basel mean?

Definitions for Basel
ˈbɑ zəlbasel

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Basel, Basle, Balenoun

    a city in northwestern Switzerland


  1. Baselnoun

    A city in Switzerland.


  1. Basel

    Basel ( BAH-zəl, German: [ˈbaːzl̩] (listen)), also known as Basle ( BAHL), is a city in northwestern Switzerland on the river Rhine. Basel is Switzerland's third-most-populous city (after Zürich and Geneva) with about 175,000 inhabitants. The official language of Basel is (the Swiss variety of Standard) German, but the main spoken language is the local Basel German dialect. Basel is commonly considered to be the cultural capital of Switzerland and the city is famous for its many museums, including the Kunstmuseum, which is the first collection of art accessible to the public in the world (1661) and the largest museum of art in Switzerland, the Fondation Beyeler (located in Riehen), the Museum Tinguely and the Museum of Contemporary Art, which is the first public museum of contemporary art in Europe. Forty museums are spread throughout the city-canton, making Basel one of the largest cultural centres in relation to its size and population in Europe. The University of Basel, Switzerland's oldest university (founded in 1460), and the city's centuries-long commitment to humanism, have made Basel a safe haven at times of political unrest in other parts of Europe for such notable people as Erasmus of Rotterdam, the Holbein family, Friedrich Nietzsche, Carl Jung, and in the 20th century also Hermann Hesse and Karl Jaspers. Basel was the seat of a Prince-Bishopric starting in the 11th century, and joined the Swiss Confederacy in 1501. The city has been a commercial hub and an important cultural centre since the Renaissance, and has emerged as a centre for the chemical and pharmaceutical industries in the 20th century. In 1897, Basel was chosen by Theodor Herzl as the location for the first World Zionist Congress, and altogether the congress was held there ten times over a time span of 50 years, more than in any other location. The city is also home to the world headquarters of the Bank for International Settlements. The name of the city is internationally known through institutions like the Basel Accords, Art Basel and FC Basel. In 2019 Basel was ranked the tenth most liveable city in the world by Mercer.


  1. basel

    Basel can refer to two main things: 1) City in Switzerland: Basel is a city in northwestern Switzerland on the river Rhine. It is Switzerland's third-most-populous city and is known for its many museums, rich history and beautiful architecture. 2) Basel Accords: In finance, Basel refers to a set of international banking regulations put forth by the Basel Committee on Bank Supervision, which set out the minimum capital requirements of financial institutions to reduce their risk of insolvency. The accords (Basel I, II, and III) aim to ensure that banks possess enough capital reserves to meet obligations and absorb unexpected losses.


  1. Basel

    Basel or Basle is Switzerland's third most populous city with about 166,000 inhabitants. Located where the Swiss, French and German borders meet, Basel also has suburbs in France and Germany. In 2011, the Basel agglomeration was the third largest in Switzerland with a population of 500,600 in 74 municipalities in Switzerland and an additional 53 in neighboring countries. The tri-national metropolitan area has around 830,000 inhabitants in 226 municipalities. Located in northwest Switzerland on the river Rhine, Basel functions as a major industrial centre for the chemical and pharmaceutical industry. The Basel region, culturally extending into German Baden-Württemberg and French Alsace, reflects the heritage of its three states in the modern Latin name: "Regio TriRhena". It has the oldest university of the Swiss Confederation. Basel is German-speaking. The local variant of the Swiss German dialects is called Basel German. Basel is among the most important cultural centres of Switzerland. The city comprises a large number of theatres and many museums, including the Museum of Fine Arts, the world's oldest art collection accessible to the public. In addition the Theater Basel was chosen in 1999 as the best stage for German-language performances and in 2009 & 2010 as "Opera of the Year" by German Opera Magazine "Opernwelt".

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Basel

    in the NW. of Switzerland, on the Rhine, just before it enters Germany; has a cathedral, university, library, and museum; was a centre of influence in Reformation times, and the home for several years of Erasmus; it is now a great money market, and has manufactures of silks and chemicals; the people are Protestant and German-speaking.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. basel

    One of the largest towns in Switzerland; captured and burned by the Hungarians in 917. In 1444 there was a bloody battle fought about a quarter of a mile beyond its gates, called the battle of St. Jacob, between the Swiss, 1600 strong, and a French army that was twenty times their number, commanded by the dauphin, afterwards Louis XII. For ten hours the brave Swiss band kept this large army in check; but nearly all the Swiss fell, not more than 10, according to some accounts, escaping alive. This exploit first spread the fame of Swiss valor, and led to the enrollment of the Swiss body-guard of France. The treaties of peace between France and Spain, and France and Prussia, were signed here, July 22, 1795.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. BASEL

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Basel is ranked #21878 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Basel surname appeared 1,187 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Basel.

    90.9% or 1,080 total occurrences were White.
    3.7% or 45 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2.2% or 27 total occurrences were Asian.
    2% or 24 total occurrences were Black.
    0.9% or 11 total occurrences were of two or more races.

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Anagrams for Basel »

  1. ables

  2. baels

  3. bales

  4. Basle

  5. blasé

  6. blase

  7. Blase

  8. sable

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Basel in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Basel in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of Basel in a Sentence

  1. Christian Stracke:

    Since the crisis in 2008–2009, we have seen a wave of improvements in bank regulation and supervision, from the application of Basel III enhanced capital and liquidity requirements to much of the Dodd-Frank Act, robust stress testing and the move to greater transparency in bank risk disclosures.

  2. Rick Turner:

    We stayed two days in Basel, but it was a bit boring – you’re on the Rhine, that’s nice, but there was n’t tonnes to do, but the train from Strasbourg had involved a change there, so we ’d thought we may as well get off.

  3. Rosa Vivien Ratnawati:

    If the origin country refuses to accept, we will report this to the Basel Convention, if there's illegal traffic, the origin country must accept the trash back.

  4. Craig Robins:

    Everyone said you could never bring South Beach to Miami. Then the idea of Art Basel came up.

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