What does Holland mean?

Definitions for Holland
ˈhɒl əndhol·land

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word Holland.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. Netherlands, The Netherlands, Kingdom of The Netherlands, Nederland, Hollandnoun

    a constitutional monarchy in western Europe on the North Sea; half the country lies below sea level


  1. Hollandnoun

    The Netherlands.

  2. Hollandnoun

    A region of the Netherlands formed by two provinces: North Holland and South Holland.

  3. hollandnoun

    A coarse woollen cloth used in furnishing

  4. Etymology: From Old Dutch holt lant ("wood land"). A popular but false etymology holds that it is derived from hol land ("hollow land"), inspired by the low-lying geography of both the Dutch and the English region (Holland, Lincolnshire).

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Hollandnoun

    Fine linen made in Holland.

    Some for the pride of Turkish courts design’d,
    For folded turbants finest holland bear. Dryden.


  1. holland

    Holland can refer to two provinces in the Netherlands, North Holland and South Holland, collectively. More commonly, however, it is often used as a moniker to refer to the entire country of the Netherlands. This usage, though widespread, is not technically correct since Holland constitutes only a part of the Netherlands.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Hollandnoun

    a kind of linen first manufactured in Holland; a linen fabric used for window shades, children's garments, etc.; as, brown or unbleached hollands


  1. Holland

    Holland is a region and former province in the western part of the Netherlands. The term Holland is also frequently used as a pars pro toto to refer to the whole of the Netherlands. This usage is generally accepted, but disliked by part of the Dutch population, especially in the other parts of the Netherlands. From the 10th to the 16th century, Holland proper was a unified political region within the Holy Roman Empire as a county ruled by the Counts of Holland. By the 17th century, Holland had risen to become a maritime and economic power, dominating the other provinces of the newly independent Dutch Republic. Today, the former County of Holland consists of the two Dutch provinces of North Holland and South Holland, which together include the Netherlands' three largest cities: the capital city of Amsterdam; the seat of government of The Hague; and Rotterdam, home of Europe's largest port.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Holland

    hol′and, n. a coarse linen fabric, unbleached or dyed brown, which is used for covering furniture, &c.: (orig.) a fine kind of linen first made in Holland.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Holland

    officially known as the Netherlands, a small maritime country of Western Europe, bordered on its N. and W. by the German Ocean, and having Prussia on its E. and Belgium to the S.; its area, somewhat less than one-fourth the size of England and Wales, comprises, besides the mainland, two island groups, one in the N. and one in the S.; its flat surface in great part lies below the level of the sea, and where there are no natural sandhills is protected from inundation by enormous dykes, 365 ft. thick, forming excellent carriage-ways along the coast; much of the soil has been reclaimed by draining lakes and by pushing back the sea walls, the size of the country having been increased by one-half since 1833; canals traverse the country in all directions, and form with the shallow lakes and the great rivers a complete system of waterways. The climate is for the most part similar to that of England, but greater extremes of heat and cold are experienced. Farming is the staple industry, although a considerable portion of the land is still unfit for cultivation; butter and cheese are the most valuable products, and are largely exported; the fisheries, coast and deep sea, are also of much importance; manufactures are retarded by the want of coal, but the wind is made to supply the motive power, by means of windmills, to flourishing textile factories (cotton, woollen, and silk), gin distilleries, pottery works, margarine and cocoa factories, &c. Holland no longer is the premier shipping country of Europe, a position it held in the 17th century, but it still maintains a busy carrying trade with all parts of the world, especially with its many rich colonies in the East and West Indies, which comprise an area 64 times larger than Holland itself. The government is a limited monarchy; the executive power is vested in the crown and the legislation in the States-General, an assembly consisting of two chambers, the one elected (for four years) by direct suffrage, the other (for nine years) by provincial councils. Primary education is free, but not compulsory. Religion is not established, but about two-thirds of the people are Protestants, the remainder Roman Catholics. The birth of Holland as an independent European power took place in the 16th century, when, after an heroic and protracted struggle, it freed itself from the yoke of Spain, then the most powerful nation in the world.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. holland

    A kingdom in Northwest Europe, the chief part of the Northern Netherlands, composed of land rescued from the sea, and defended by immense dykes. It was inhabited by the Batavi in the time of Cæsar, who made a league with them. It became part of Gallia Belgica, and afterwards of the kingdom of Austria. From the 10th to the 15th century it was governed by counts under the German emperors. It was conquered by the French in 1795, and subsequently brought into the condition of a province of France under Napoleon; the emperor’s brother, Louis, being created king of Holland. It was delivered from the French yoke in 1813. See Netherlands.

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Etymology and Origins

  1. Holland

    From the Danish ollant, “marshy ground.” The linen cloth of the same name was first made in Holland.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Holland is ranked #305 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Holland surname appeared 102,538 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 35 would have the surname Holland.

    76.7% or 78,718 total occurrences were White.
    17.6% or 18,118 total occurrences were Black.
    2.3% or 2,430 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2.1% or 2,215 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.5% or 584 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    0.4% or 472 total occurrences were Asian.

British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Holland' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4552

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Holland in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Holland in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of Holland in a Sentence

  1. Elaine Chan:

    We did not expect our highly anticipated vacation to end as a nightmare in complete humiliation, we were kicked off the cruise by the Holland America captain in Helsinki. He forced us to leave the cruise by 10 am to catch our flight. If we did not leave on time, he said we would miss our flight.

  2. Yasmin Hurd:

    It's not addictive. No one is diverting it. It doesn't get Julie Holland high, but it can reduce craving and anxiety.

  3. Fran Lebowitz:

    The only person throughout the day with the prettiest smile to say hurray is Breanna Holland her journey awaits with Benjamin Laisner to save her bad days!

  4. Keating Holland:

    That tells Keating Holland that having a black Republican on a ballot gets a handful of votes, it may increase the Republican Texans share of black vote by low single digits.

  5. Tom Hunt:

    It’s a very strange and unusual issue to crop up, we’re working with the Dutch authorities and are trying our best to get it back to Holland one way or another.

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