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Laval

[luh-val; French la-val] /ləˈvæl; French laˈval/
noun
1.
Pierre
[pyer] /pyɛr/ (Show IPA),
1883–1945, French lawyer and politician: premier 1931–32, 1935–36; premier of the Vichy government 1942–44; executed for treason 1945.
2.
a city in S Quebec, in E Canada, NW of Montreal, on the St. Lawrence.
3.
a city in and the capital of Mayenne, in W France.

Mayenne

[ma-yen] /maˈyɛn/
noun
1.
a department in W France. 2012 sq. mi. (5210 sq. km).
Capital: Laval.
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  • It was not till August 6, 1676, that Laval formally approved of the congregation.

  • "This is Laval," said the doctor, an hour and a half after the train left Rennes.

    Down the Rhine Oliver Optic
  • They were heavy clouds to which Laval had pointed, and Dennis steered straight for them, devouring the chart with his eyes.

  • Suddenly the Aviatik dipped, and Laval made a gesture with his helmeted head.

  • In Quebec are a number of so-called classical colleges, most of them affiliated with Laval University.

  • "There is only one thing to be said, my dear Blumberger," replied Laval, with a faint smile.

  • The battery was stormed by Captain Laval, who, although severely wounded in the engagement, afterward recovered from his injuries.

  • "It is good so far," whispered Laval through his clenched teeth.

  • He arrived at Laval at the close of day, spent and exhausted, and entered a house where he entreated to be allowed to rest.

    Barn and the Pyrenees Louisa Stuart Costello
  • And Laval got up, reeling from the enormous quantity of blood he had lost.

British Dictionary definitions for Laval

Laval1

/ləˈvæl/
noun
1.
a city in SE Canada, in Quebec: a NW suburb of Montreal. Pop: 343 005 (2001)

Laval2

/French laval/
noun
1.
Pierre (pjɛr). 1883–1945, French statesman. He was premier of France (1931–32; 1935–36) and premier of the Vichy government (1942–44). He was executed for collaboration with Germany

Mayenne

/French majɛn/
noun
1.
a department of NW France, in Pays de la Loire region. Capital: Laval. Pop: 290 780 (2003 est). Area: 5212 sq km (2033 sq miles)
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