The location of Belgium on a map.
Belgium definition by Webster's New World
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kingdom in W Europe, on the North Sea: independence established in 1831: 11,778 sq mi (30,505 sq km); pop. 9,979,000; cap. Brussels
Fr. name Belgique ; Fl. name
Belgium definition by American Heritage Dictionary
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A country of northwest Europe on the North Sea. Inhabited in ancient times by the Belgae, the region was part of the Roman and Carolingian empires before breaking up into a number of feudal states during the Middle Ages. The area occupied by present-day Belgium passed to the Hapsburgs in the 15th century and to the French in the 18th century. Following the defeat of Napoleon in 1815, Belgium was given to the kingdom of the Netherlands, from which it gained independence as a separate kingdom in 1830. Brussels is the capital and the largest city. Population: 10,400,000.