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Type Settlement
Usage Dutch
Pronounced Pron. [ˈdɔr.drɛxt]  [key·simplify]
Other Forms FormsDordt

Meaning & History

Dordrecht is a city and municipality in the Western Netherlands, located in the province of South Holland.

The name Dordrecht comes from Thuredriht (circa 1120), Thuredrecht (circa 1200). The name seems to mean ''thoroughfare''; a ship-canal or -river through which ships were pulled by rope from one river to another, as here from the Dubbel to the Merwede, or vice versa. The Drecht is now supposed to have been derived from draeg, which means to ''pull, tow or drag''.
Added 1/14/2019 by Kees
Edited 2/22/2020 by Mike C and Sofia