1. a seaport in N Belgium, on the Scheldt.
  2. a province in N Belgium. 1104 sq. mi. (2860 sq. km).


  1. a province of N Belgium. Pop: 1 668 812 (2004 est). Area: 2859 sq km (1104 sq miles)
  2. a port in N Belgium, capital of Antwerp province, on the River Scheldt: a major European port. Pop: 455 148 (2004 est)

port city in Belgium, French Anvers, from a Germanic compound of *anda “at” + *werpum “wharf” (see wharf). Folk etymology connects the first word with hand.

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