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[pwa-tyey] /pwaˈtyeɪ/
a city in and the capital of Vienne, in W France: Roman ruins; battles a.d. 507, 732, 1356.


[vyen] /vyɛn/
a city in SE France, on the Rhone River, S of Lyons: Roman ruins.
a department in W France. 2720 sq. mi. (7045 sq. km).
Capital: Poitiers. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • On the siege being raised, Melville left Poitiers for Geneva, footing it all the way in the company of a few fellow-students.

    Andrew Melville William Morison
  • I am the son of the wealthiest man in Poitiers, and I have lived like a laborer's child.

    The Champdoce Mystery Emile Gaboriau
  • The provincial estates of Poitou, meeting in the Dominican convent of Poitiers, presented a contrast of this kind.

  • It is out of the question for us to think of returning to Poitiers.

  • You remember that that was the first thing they did before the trial at Poitiers.

  • There is also glass of much the same sort at Poitiers, Bourges, and Rheims.

    The Story of Glass Sara Ware Bassett
  • Much of old Poitiers has been destroyed; and new Poitiers is by no means beautiful.

    Barn and the Pyrenees Louisa Stuart Costello
  • Living at Poitiers Radegund was close to the scene of these turmoils.

    Woman under Monasticism Lina Eckenstein
  • We arrived at the camp of Charles on the eve of the battle of Poitiers.

  • Cheshire knights and Welshmen fought side by side at Poitiers.

    Cheshire Charles E. Kelsey
British Dictionary definitions for Poitiers


/French pwatje/
a city in S central France: capital of the former province of Poitou until 1790; scene of the battle (1356) in which the English under the Black Prince defeated the French; university (1432). Pop: 83 448 (1999)


/French vjɛn/
a department of W central France, in Poitou-Charentes region. Capital: Poitiers. Pop: 402 555 (2003 est). Area: 7044 sq km (2747 sq miles)
a town in SE France, on the River Rhône: extensive Roman remains Ancient name Vienna
a river in SW central France, flowing west and north to the Loire below Chinon. Length: over 350 km (200 miles)
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