marseille

Marseilles

[mahr-sey]
noun
a seaport in and the capital of Bouches-du-Rhône department, in SE France.
French Marseille [mar-se-yuh] .
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marseille or marseilles (mɑːˈseɪl, mɑːˈseɪlz)
 
n
a strong cotton fabric with a raised pattern, used for bedspreads, etc
 
[C18: from Marseille quilting, made in Marseille]
 
marseilles or marseilles
 
n
 
[C18: from Marseille quilting, made in Marseille]

Marseille (French marsɛj)
 
n
Ancient name: Massilia, English name: Marseilles 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)

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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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