Origin of hollandafter Holland, where first made
- former county of the Holy Roman Empire on the North Sea, now divided into two provinces ( North Holland & South Holland) of the Netherlands
Origin of hollandMiddle English holand, after Holand , (Holland), a former province of the Netherlands, from Middle Dutch.
- See Netherlands.
- A region of the Netherlands on the North Sea. Much of Holland lies below sea level and consists of agriculturally fertile polders. In the 1500s and 1600s, Holland's growth as a shipping and commercial center made it the most influential and prosperous region of the Netherlands.
- Outside the Netherlands, and even sometimes in the Netherlands itself, the term “Holland” often refers to the Netherlands as a whole. This use is sometimes considered offensive, especially by residents of the other provinces of the Netherlands.