Definition of polder in US English:



  • A piece of low-lying land reclaimed from the sea or a river and protected by dikes, especially in the Netherlands.

    • ‘Yet the Dutch polders have a strong aesthetic beauty.’
    • ‘There are 3500 polders (areas of reclaimed land) in the Netherlands, so the Dutch clearly enjoyed playing God.’
    • ‘Slashed by rivers and canals, pocked with polders, meers and lakes and meshed in a web of interconnecting drainage ditches, the Netherlands are a long distance skater's dream.’
    • ‘By far the largest population close to East Anglia is in the Netherlands where there has been a steady increase despite a drastic reduction in reedbed areas in the reclaimed polders.’
    • ‘The population of Helix aspersa (Gastropoda: Helicidae) belongs to an intensive agricultural zone located in Brittany (northwestern France), in the polders of the Bay of Mont-Saint-Michel.’
    • ‘That was what happened in the terrible floods of February 1, 1953, when high tides and storms drove water inland over the polders of Zeeland Province and nearly 2000 Dutch people drowned.’
    • ‘The deciduous and evergreen trees around the small circular polder could serve as an uncontrived wall.’
    • ‘This was the result of the gradual accumulation of silt in the river bed, brought down from overcultivated, erosion-prone slopes up-river, and of the excessive building of dikes in the lake areas to protect newly reclaimed polders.’
    • ‘Much of the western part of the country is polders (low-lying lands) that have been reclaimed from the sea by dikes and dunes.’
    • ‘Perhaps it is more than a coincidence that Canada's populist party grew up on the prairies: flat land, divided into rectangular plots, in many ways similar to the Dutch polders.’
    • ‘He is the son of North Sea sailors (the flat openness of the Dutch polders is beautifully evoked in a flashback to Leon's boyhood) and it turns out he's been in love most of his life.’
    • ‘Before the Dutch diligently applied their drainage technology to the polders of the Médoc in the mid 17th century, the region was salt-marsh, of interest for grazing rather than vine-growing.’
    • ‘Over 100 boxes were erected on a new polder and a large proportion were occupied by kestrels in the first season.’
    • ‘The land was highly regular polder, punctuated by a grid like system of canals and waterways across the drained areas.’
    • ‘Based in the remote polder lands of Holland, Heerenveen, under the astute eye of their coach, Foppe de Haan, are seen in Dutch football as a sort of finishing school.’
    • ‘Political abuse in Maine invited the Dutch king to confine his activities to dykes and polders and abstain from pronouncing upon mountain ridges.’
    • ‘It was named after the land gained from the sea which in Dutch is called a polder.’
    • ‘A polder is a piece of land that has been reclaimed from the sea or a lake through drainage.’


Early 17th century: from Dutch, from Middle Dutch polre.