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[am-ee-uh nz; French a-myan] /ˈæm i ənz; French aˈmyɛ̃/
a city in and the capital of Somme, in N France: cathedral; battles 1914, 1918, 1944.


[sawm] /sɔm/
a river in N France, flowing NW to the English Channel: battles, World War I, 1916, 1918; World War II, 1944. 150 miles (241 km) long.
a department in N France. 2424 sq. mi. (6280 sq. km).
Capital: Amiens. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • A letter from Amiens caused the alarm in London by asserting that I did not wish for peace.

    Joseph Bonaparte John S. C. Abbott
  • We left Boulogne at 7.20 the same evening, and reached Amiens at 9.

    1914 John French, Viscount of Ypres
  • Then followed a week's brilliant defense of the road to Amiens.

  • It happened that he arrived in France just at the moment of the Peace of Amiens.

    The Hour and the Man Harriet Martineau
  • One followed the right bank of the Somme, passed Peronne, and thence on to Amiens.

  • When we get to Creil I know a farmer there who goes as far as Amiens to get eggs and things.

    Nobody's Girl Hector Malot
  • The first act deals with the meeting of the lovers at Amiens and their flight to Paris.

    The Opera R.A. Streatfeild
  • I wonder if they ate duck-pies at Amiens in the spring of 1918?

  • It occupied his chief attention from his return to England until the peace of Amiens.

British Dictionary definitions for Amiens


/ˈæmɪənz; French amjɛ̃/
a city in N France: its Gothic cathedral is the largest church in France. Pop: 135 501 (1999)


/French sɔm/
a department of N France, in Picardy region. Capital: Amiens. Pop: 557 061 (2003 est). Area: 6277 sq km (2448 sq miles)
a river in N France, rising in Aisne department and flowing west to Amiens, then northwest to the English Channel: scene of heavy fighting in World War I. Length: 245 km (152 miles)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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