capital of old Brabant and modern Belgium, a name of Germanic origin, from brocca "marsh" + sali "room, building," from Latin cella (see cell). It arose 6c. as a fortress on an island in a river. As a type of carpet, from 1799; as a type of lace, from 1748.

Brussels sprouts (Brassica oleracea gemmifera) is attested from 1748 (the first written description of them is from 1580s); they have long been associated with Flanders and especially Brussels (compare the French name, choux de Bruxelles).

updated on November 25, 2020

Definitions of Brussels from WordNet

Brussels (n.)
the capital and largest city of Belgium; seat of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization;
Synonyms: Bruxelles / Belgian capital / capital of Belgium
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