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a department in central France. 2630 sq. mi. (6810 sq. km). Capital: Orléans.


a former province in N France. Capital: Orléans.

Orléans, d'

Louis Philippe Joseph [lwee fee-leep zhaw-zef] , Duc (Philippe Égalité) 1747–93, French political leader.
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Loiret (French lwarɛ)
a department of central France, in Centre region. Capital: Orléans. Pop: 629 377 (2003 est). Area: 6812 sq km (2657 sq miles)

Orléanais (French ɔrleanɛ)
a former province of N central France, centred on Orléans

Orléans1 (ɔːˈlɪənz, French ɔrleɑ̃)
a city in N central France, on the River Loire: famous for its deliverance by Joan of Arc from the long English siege in 1429; university (1305); an important rail and road junction. Pop: 113 126 (1999)

Orléans2 (French ɔrleɑ̃)
1.  Charles (ʃarl), Duc d'Orléans. 1394--1465, French poet; noted for the poems written during his imprisonment in England; father of Louis XII
2.  Louis Philippe Joseph (lwi filip ʒozɛf), Duc d'Orléans, known as Philippe Égalité (after 1792). 1747--93, French nobleman, who supported the French Revolution and voted for the death of his cousin, Louis XVI, but was executed after his son, the future king Louis-Philippe, defected to the Austrians

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