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Besançon

[buh-zahn-sawn] /bə zɑ̃ˈsɔ̃/
noun
1.
a city in and the capital of Doubs, in E France: Roman ruins.

Doubs

[doo] /du/
noun
1.
a river in E France, flowing into the Saône River. About 260 miles (420 km) long.
2.
a department in E France. 2031 sq. mi. (5260 sq. km).
Capital: Besançon.
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  • The Baron de Watteville treasured shells and geological fragments of the neighborhood of besancon.

    Albert Savarus Honore de Balzac
  • Proudhon dedicated it, in a letter which served as the preface, to the Academy of besancon.

    What is Property? P. J. Proudhon
  • A distinguished prelate who refused three bishoprics in order not to leave besancon.

    Repertory Of The Comedie Humaine, Complete, A -- Z Anatole Cerfberr and Jules Franois Christophe
  • A word as to this lady, the most important lady of besancon.

    Albert Savarus Honore de Balzac
  • M. de Watteville died in 1836, as a result of his fall into the lake on his estate of Rouxey, near besancon.

    Repertory Of The Comedie Humaine, Complete, A -- Z Anatole Cerfberr and Jules Franois Christophe
  • The good folks of besancon will make use of him, but they will not allow him to make use of them.

    Albert Savarus Honore de Balzac
  • They were satisfied to say, 'Here is a man who does not know his besancon.

    Albert Savarus Honore de Balzac
  • Why should this eagle—for he has the eyes of an eagle—swoop down on besancon?

    Albert Savarus Honore de Balzac
  • In the course of this winter Albert de Savarus had quietly made considerable progress in besancon.

    Albert Savarus Honore de Balzac
  • In the course of this winter he won seven lawsuits for various priests of besancon.

    Albert Savarus Honore de Balzac
British Dictionary definitions for besancon

Doubs

/French du/
noun
1.
a department of E France, in Franche-Comté region. Capital: Besançon. Pop: 505 557 (2003 est). Area: 5258 sq km (2030 sq miles)
2.
a river in E France, rising in the Jura Mountains, becoming part of the border between France and Switzerland and flowing generally southwest to the Saône River. Length: 430 km (267 miles)

Besançon

/French bəzɑ̃sɔ̃/
noun
1.
a city in E France, on the Doubs River: university (1422). Pop: 117 733 (1999)
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