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ˈbrʌs əlz; ˈbrüs əlBrus·sels

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Bruxelles, Brussels, Belgian capital, capital of Belgiumnoun

    the capital and largest city of Belgium; seat of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization


  1. Brusselsnoun

    The capital of Belgium.

  2. Brusselsnoun

    The European Union.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Brusselsnoun

    a city of Belgium, giving its name to a kind of carpet, a kind of lace, etc


  1. Brussels

    Brussels, officially the Brussels Region or Brussels-Capital Region, is the capital of Belgium and the de facto capital of the European Union. It is also the largest urban area in Belgium, comprising 19 municipalities, including the municipality of the City of Brussels, which is the de jure capital of Belgium, in addition to the seat of the French Community of Belgium and of the Flemish Community. Brussels has grown from a 10th-century fortress town founded by a descendant of Charlemagne to a sizeable city. The city has a population of 1.1 million and a metropolitan area with a population of over 1.8 million, both of them the largest in Belgium. Since the end of the Second World War, Brussels has been a main centre for international politics. Hosting principal EU institutions and the headquarters of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, the city has become the polyglot home of numerous international organisations, politicians, diplomats and civil servants. Historically Dutch-speaking, Brussels has seen a major shift to French since Belgian independence in 1830. Today the city is officially bilingual. All road signs, street names, and many adverts and services are shown in both languages. Linguistic tensions remain and the language laws regarding some municipalities surrounding Brussels are an issue of considerable controversy in Belgium.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Brussels

    brus′elz, n. contracted from Brussels-carpet, a kind of carpet in which the worsted threads are arranged in the warp, and are interwoven into a network of linen. Still, the bulk of the carpet consists of wool.—n.pl. Bruss′els-sprouts, a variety of the common cabbage with sprouts like miniature cabbages. [Named from Brussels in Belgium.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Brussels

    on the Senne, 27 m. S. of Antwerp, is the capital of Belgium, in the heart of the country. The old town is narrow and crooked, but picturesque; the town-hall a magnificent building. The new town is well built, and one of the finest in Europe. There are many parks, boulevards, and squares; a cathedral, art-gallery, museum and library, university and art schools. It is Paris in miniature. The manufactures include linen, ribbons, and paper; a ship-canal and numerous railways foster commerce.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. brussels

    Once capital of Austrian Brabant, now of Belgium (since 1831), was founded by St. Gery, of Cambray, in the 7th century. It was bombarded and captured by Marshal Villeroi in 1695; taken by the French in 1701 at the beginning of the War of Succession; captured by the Duke of Marlborough in 1706; by the French under Marshal Saxe in 1747, and by Gen. Dumouriez in 1794; the revolution commenced in 1830.

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    Rank popularity for the word 'Brussels' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4562

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Brussels in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Brussels in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of Brussels in a Sentence

  1. Dorota Marcinkiewicz:

    They only do what Brussels tells them.

  2. Prime Minister Viktor Orban:

    It's not 150,000 (migrants coming), that some (in the EU) want to divide according to quotas, it's not 500,000, a figure that I heard in Brussels; it's millions, then tens of millions, because the supply of immigrants is endless.

  3. Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban:

    The target of the ... bombings was Europe, not Brussels, so Hungary has to consider itself under attack even though luckily it happened outside Hungarian territory.

  4. Donald Tusk:

    There is no reason to pretend that this is a happy day, neither in Brussels nor in London. After all, most Europeans, including almost half the British voters, wish that we would stay together, not drift apart.

  5. Hillary Clinton:

    We have to continually be learning and getting ahead of these thugs and criminals in order to prevent them doing what they did in Brussels.

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    formal separation from an alliance or federation
    • A. sheath
    • B. arborolatry
    • C. ditch
    • D. secession

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