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[ver-sahy, ver- or, French ver-sah-yuh] /vɛrˈsaɪ, vər- or, French vɛrˈsɑ yə/
a city in and the capital of Yvelines, in N France, about 12 miles (19 km) SW of Paris: palace of the French kings; peace treaty between the Allies and Germany 1919.


[eev-leen] /ivˈlin/
a department in N France. 877 sq. mi. (2271 sq. km).
Capital: Versailles. Unabridged
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  • A parquet floor pattern also reflects many rooms in the palace of Versailles.
British Dictionary definitions for Versailles


/vɛəˈsaɪ; -ˈseɪlz; French vɛrsɑj/
a city in N central France, near Paris: site of an elaborate royal residence built for Louis XIV; seat of the French kings (1682–1789). Pop: 85 726 (1999)
Treaty of Versailles
  1. the treaty of 1919 imposed upon Germany by the Allies (except for the US and the Soviet Union): the most important of the five peace treaties that concluded World War I
  2. another name for (the Treaty of) Paris of 1783 See Paris1 (sense 1)


/French ivlin/
a department of N France, in Île de France region. Capital: Versailles. Pop: 1 370 443 (2003 est). Area: 2271 sq km (886 sq miles)
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Word Origin and History for Versailles

of uncertain origin; perhaps from Latin versus "slope." Originally a hunting lodge built by Louis XIII; made into a palace 17c. by Louis XIV.

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Versailles in Culture
Versailles [(ver-seye, vuhr-seye)]

City in northern France about ten miles southwest of Paris.

Note: It is the site of the Palace of Versailles, which was built by King Louis xiv in the seventeenth century and was the royal residence for over one hundred years.
Note: The French Revolution began in Versailles, when mobs stormed the palace.
Note: The Treaty of Versailles, signed in 1919, officially ended World War I.
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Encyclopedia Article for Versailles

capital city of Yvelines departement, Paris region, northern France, 14 mi (22 km) southwest of Paris. The city developed around the 17th-century palace built by Louis XIV, the principal residence of the kings of France and the seat of the government for more than 100 years. The first scenes of the French Revolution were also enacted at the palace, whose gardens, the masterpiece of Andre Le Notre, have become part of the national heritage of France and one of the most visited historic sites in Europe. Although it was a place of entertainment, the grandiose palace was also well equipped as a centre of government. Of about 20,000 persons attached to the court, some 1,000 courtiers with 4,000 attendants lived in the palace itself. About 14,000 soldiers and servants were quartered in annexes and in the town, which was founded in 1671 and had 30,000 inhabitants when Louis XIV died in 1715.

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