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Champs Élysées

[shahn zey-lee-zey] /ʃɑ̃ zeɪ liˈzeɪ/
noun
1.
a boulevard in Paris, France, noted for its cafés, shops, and theaters.
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  • She whizzed by him in a big touring-car one afternoon as he stood on an "isle of safety" at the foot of the champs elysees.

    His Own People Booth Tarkington
  • The champs elysees form one of the most delightful promenades in Paris.

    Paris: With Pen and Pencil David W. Bartlett
  • Left alone, he wandered at haphazard along the Boulevards, or up the champs elysees.

    The Clique of Gold Emile Gaboriau
  • We will go and take a walk; we will go up the champs elysees.

    Confidence Henry James
  • At that hour the mob began to move away, hearing that the King was going round to enter through the champs elysees.

    The Royal Life Guard Alexander Dumas (pere)
  • I loitered then along the champs elysees; and, at length, stretching myself on the grass beneath the trees, lay down to sleep.

  • They lived near the champs elysees, and at night I used to steal out and look at them through the window.

    Night and Morning, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • I had rather be in a boarding-school in the champs elysees than in the finest castle in the Highlands.

    The Newcomes William Makepeace Thackeray
  • He has now a hotel, not large but charming, in the champs elysees, worth at least six hundred thousand francs.

    The Parisians, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • His friends would have been surprised if they had seen him pacing hurriedly along the champs elysees.

    Caught In The Net Emile Gaboriau
champs elysees in Culture
Champs Élysées [(shahn zay-lee-zay)]

A major avenue in Paris famous for the elegance of its cafés and shops. In French it means Elysian Fields.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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