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[mahr-sey] /mɑrˈseɪ/
a seaport in and the capital of Bouches-du-Rhône department, in SE France.
French Marseille
[mar-se-yuh] /marˈsɛ yə/ (Show IPA)
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British Dictionary definitions for marseille


a strong cotton fabric with a raised pattern, used for bedspreads, etc
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C18: from Marseille quilting, made in Marseille


/French marsɛj/
a port in SE France, on the Gulf of Lions: second largest city in the country and a major port; founded in about 600 bc by Greeks from Phocaea; oil refining. Pop: 798 430 (1999) Ancient name Massilia English name Marseilles (mɑːˈseɪ; -ˈseɪlz)
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Word Origin and History for marseille


city in southern France, from French Marseille, ultimately from Greek Massilia, probably from a pre-Latin language of Italy, perhaps Ligurian mas "spring."

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marseille in Culture
Marseilles [(mahr-say)]

City in southeastern France on the Mediterranean Sea; the second-largest city in France, after Paris, and its main seaport.

Note: “The Marseillaise,” France's national anthem, is so named because it was a martial song popular with soldiers from Marseilles, who sang it upon entering Paris in 1792.
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