marseilles

marseilles

[mahr-seylz]

Origin:
1755–65; after Marseilles

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Marseilles

[mahr-sey]
noun
a seaport in and the capital of Bouches-du-Rhône department, in SE France.
French Marseille [mar-se-yuh] .

Bouches-du-Rhône

[boosh-dy-rohn]
noun
a department in SE France. 2026 sq. mi. (5245 sq. km). Capital: Marseilles.
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Bouches-du-Rhône (French buʃdyron)
 
n
a department of S central France, in Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region. Capital: Marseille. Pop: 1 883 645 (2003 est). Area: 5284 sq km (2047 sq miles)

marseille or marseilles (mɑːˈseɪl, mɑːˈseɪlz)
 
n
a strong cotton fabric with a raised pattern, used for bedspreads, etc
 
[C18: from Marseille quilting, made in Marseille]
 
marseilles or marseilles
 
n
 
[C18: from Marseille quilting, made in Marseille]

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Marseilles [(mahr-say)]

City in southeastern France on the Mediterranean Sea; the second-largest city in France, after Paris, and its main seaport.

Note: “The Marseillaise,” France's national anthem, is so named because it was a martial song popular with soldiers from Marseilles, who sang it upon entering Paris in 1792.
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