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A native or inhabitant of the area of Waterland, in the north-western Netherlands. In later use also: a member of a Mennonite sect associated with that area. Now historical.
Early 17th century; earliest use found in Edward Grimeston (fl. 1604–1634), translator. From Waterland, the name of a region in North Holland, Netherlands (Dutch Waterland, specific use of waterland, on account of the marshy nature of the region) + -er, ultimately after Dutch (now hist.) Waterlander.
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