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[French ker-wahn] /French kɛrˈwɑ̃/
a city in NE Tunisia: a holy city of Islam.
Also, Kairwan
[kahyuh r-wahn] /kaɪərˈwɑn/ (Show IPA)
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Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Beside him, there is a little table of Kairouan, blue and gold.

    Atlantida Pierre Benoit
  • From Tunis a day's journey by train would bring her to Kairouan.

    The Call of the Blood Robert Smythe Hichens
  • She remembered the days when she had nursed him in Kairouan.

    A Spirit in Prison Robert Hichens
  • It was very short, and was addressed from Kairouan, where Artois had established himself for the spring in an Arab house.

    The Call of the Blood Robert Smythe Hichens
  • In Tunisia, with the exception of the mosques at Kairouan, none but the Mussulman may pass their thresholds.

  • She would go to Kairouan, to close the eyes of her friend if he must die, if not to nurse him back to life.

    The Call of the Blood Robert Smythe Hichens
  • She thought of Emile in his most helpless moment, in that period when he was ill in Kairouan before she came.

    A Spirit in Prison Robert Hichens
  • An old carpet woven at Kairouan before the time of aniline dyes was spread over the floor.

    The Way of Ambition Robert Hichens
  • Thither came schismatic refugees from Kairouan and Moors from Andalusia.

    In Morocco Edith Wharton
  • In other words, Europeans are forbidden to enter any of the Tunisian mosques save those at Kairouan.

British Dictionary definitions for Kairouan


/French kɛrwɑ̃/
a city in NE Tunisia: one of the holy cities of Islam; pilgrimage and trading centre. Pop: 124 000 (2005 est)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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