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A city of southwest Netherlands on the Rhine-Meuse delta southeast of The Hague. Chartered in 1328, it was a major commercial power during the 1500s and 1600s and is today a thriving port accessible via canal to oceangoing vessels.


(Placename) a port in the SW Netherlands, in South Holland province: the second largest city of the Netherlands and one of the world's largest ports; oil refineries, shipbuilding yards, etc. Pop: 600 000 (2003 est)


(ˈrɒt ərˌdæm)

a seaport in SW Netherlands. 574,299.
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Noun1.Rotterdam - the 2nd largest city in the NetherlandsRotterdam - the 2nd largest city in the Netherlands; located in the western Netherlands near the North Sea
Holland, Kingdom of The Netherlands, Nederland, Netherlands, The Netherlands - a constitutional monarchy in western Europe on the North Sea; half the country lies below sea level
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