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A kind of smooth, durable linen fabric, used chiefly for window shades and furniture covering.
- ‘The classic simplicity of holland blinds have been a family favourite in Australian homes for many years.’
- ‘She had gone, in the broad light of the morning, in a holland suit with a blue Henley shirt, a sailor hat, and a gossamer’
- ‘Someone was living in the three servant's rooms adjoining the kitchen but the rest of the house lay musty under faded holland covers.’
- ‘This slenderness is further emphasised by the customised, fine mild steel rod attachments supporting the holland blinds.’
Middle English: from Holland, the name of a former province of the Netherlands where the cloth was made, from Dutch, earlier Holtlant (from holt ‘wood’ + -lant ‘land’).
1another name for the Netherlands
2A city in southwestern Michigan, noted for its Dutch heritage; population 34,076 (est. 2008)
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