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WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

n
1: a busy port and financial center in northern Belgium on the Scheldt river; it has long been a center for the diamond industry and the first stock exchange was opened there in 1460 [syn: Antwerpen, Antwerp, Anvers]

Merriam Webster's

or French Anvers or Flemish Antwerpen geographical name 1. province N Belgium area 1104 square miles (2870 square kilometers), population 1,605,167 2. city & port, its capital, on the Schelde population 467,518

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City (pop., 1995 est.: 456,000), capital of Antwerp province, Belgium. One of the world's major seaports, it is located 55 mi (88 km) southeast of the North Sea. Because it lies in the Flemish-speaking part of Belgium, it plays the role of unofficial capital of Flanders. It received municipal rights in 1291 and became a member of the Hanseatic League by 1315. As a distribution center for Spanish and Portuguese trade, it became the commercial and financial capital of Europe in the 16th cent. Following destructive invasions it went into decline, but began to revive after Napoleon's improvement of the harbor c.1803. It was part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands (1815-30), then was ceded to Belgian nationalists. Its current economic life centers around shipping, port-related activities, and major manufacturing.



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