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 (wĕst-fāl′yə, -fā′lē-ə)
A historical region and former duchy of west-central Germany east of the Rhine River. The duchy was created in the 12th century and was administered for many centuries by ecclesiastical princes, especially the archbishop of Cologne. The Peace of Westphalia (1648) marked the end of the Thirty Years' War. Napoleon seized the area in 1807 and designated a portion of it as the kingdom of Westphalia, to be ruled by his brother Jérôme. The region became part of Prussia after 1815.

West·pha′lian adj. & n.


(Placename) a historic region of NW Germany, now mostly in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia. German name: Westfalen


(wɛstˈfeɪ li ə, -ˈfeɪl yə)

a former province in NW Germany, now a part of North Rhine-Westphalia: treaty ending the Thirty Years' War 1648. German, Westfalen.
West•pha′li•an, adj., n.


nWestfalen nt
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The cooperation of the five partner organizations at the signing included the German Football Association (DFB), the German development agency, Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH' (GIZ) and the Football and Athletics Association of Westphalia (FLVW) and the Ministry of Youth, National Service, Sport and Culture and the Namibian Football Association (NFA).
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The term is a catchall description for the rules of the game that have prevailed in international politics since the European treaties collectively called the Peace of Westphalia were signed in 1648.
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com)-- The South Westphalia University of Applied Sciences (Fachhochschule Sudwestfalen) has relaunched its website based on the content management system FirstSpirit from e-Spirit AG.
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