franche-comte

Franche-Comté

[frahnsh-kawn-tey]
noun
a former province in E France: once a part of Burgundy.
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Franche-Comté (French frɑ̃ʃkɔ̃te)
 
n
a region of E France, covering the Jura and the low country east of the Saône: part of the Kingdom of Burgundy (6th century ad--1137); autonomous as the Free County of Burgundy (1137--1384); under Burgundian rule again (1384--1477) and Hapsburg rule (1493--1674); annexed by France (1678)

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