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 (brə-bănt′, -bänt′, brä′bənt, -bänt′)
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.


1. (Placename) a former duchy of W Europe: divided when Belgium became independent (1830), the south forming the Belgian provinces of Antwerp and Brabant and the north forming the province of North Brabant in the Netherlands
2. (Placename) a former province of central Belgium; replaced in 1995 by the provinces of Flemish Brabant and Walloon Brabant


(brəˈbænt, -ˈbɑ̃, ˈbrɑ bənt)

1. a former duchy in W Europe, now divided between the Netherlands and Belgium.
2. a province in central Belgium. 2,253,794; 1268 sq. mi. (3285 sq. km). Cap.: Brussels.
Bra•bant′ine (-ˈbæn tɪn, -taɪn) adj.
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Behind stood knots of Gascon and Brabant crossbowmen from the companies of Ortingo and of La Nuit, leaning upon their unsightly weapons and watching the practice of the Englishmen.
I take both your challenge and your wager," said the man of Brabant, throwing off his jacket and glancing keenly about him with his black, twinkling eyes.
Long were the faces of the Englishmen and broad the laugh of the crossbowmen as the heavy mantlet was carried towards them, for there in the centre was the thick Brabant bolt driven deeply into the wood, while there was neither sign nor trace of the cloth-yard shaft.
It did not require very keen observation to detect the character of the youth of Brabant, but it needed a certain degree of tact to adopt one's measures to their capacity.
Gudule; for a step --but half a step farther, and you would plunge headlong into the gulf of imbecility; there lodged, you would speedily receive proofs of Flemish gratitude and magnanimity in showers of Brabant saliva and handfuls of Low Country mud.
One evening he tied two cats together by their hind legs with a string about six feet in length, and threw them from the wall into the midst of that noble, that princely, that royal bed, which contained not only the "Cornelius de Witt," but also the "Beauty of Brabant," milk-white, edged with purple and pink, the "Marble of Rotterdam," colour of flax, blossoms feathered red and flesh colour, the "Wonder of Haarlem," the "Colombin obscur," and the "Columbin clair terni.
To show the English lords our four bombards, London, Brabant, Bourg-en-Bresse, Saint- Omer.
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The Brabant library is the "ultimate library of the future" for the Dutch province of Noord-Brabant, and the impetus behind it is that the current public library system is no longer able to cope with the enormous production of books.