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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.
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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
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(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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The arrest in Brabant province, south of Rotterdam, came hours after police cancelled a performance by Los Angeles band Allah-Las at a converted grain silo in the heart of the port city on Wednesday night.
Only in the last ten years his daughter recorded his Indonesian experiences into a readable, coherent story, put in the context of the decolonisation, and also with keen attention for his family, pious Catholic village dwellers in Brabant province. It all results in a publication that is of interest beyond the circle of veterans and their offspring.