- former duchy of W Europe, originating in the late 12th cent.: since 1830, divided between the Netherlands (North Brabant province) & Belgium (provinces Antwerp & Brabant)
- province of central Belgium: 1,297 sq mi (3,359 sq km); cap. Brussels
A historic region of the Low Countries. Formerly a duchy of the Holy Roman Empire (1190-1795), it is now divided between the southern Netherlands and north-central Belgium.