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reunion

[ree-yoon-yuh n] /riˈyun yən/
noun
1.
the act of uniting again.
2.
the state of being united again.
3.
a gathering of relatives, friends, or associates at regular intervals or after separation:
a family reunion.
Origin
1600-1610
1600-10; re- + union

Réunion

[ree-yoon-yuh n; French rey-y-nyawn] /riˈyun yən; French reɪ üˈnyɔ̃/
noun
1.
an island in the Indian Ocean, E of Madagascar: an overseas department of France. 970 sq. mi. (2512 sq. km).
Capital: St. Denis.
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British Dictionary definitions for re union

reunion

/riːˈjuːnjən/
noun
1.
the act or process of coming together again
2.
the state or condition of having been brought together again
3.
a gathering of relatives, friends, or former associates

Réunion

/riːˈjuːnjən; French reynjɔ̃/
noun
1.
an island in the Indian Ocean, in the Mascarene Islands: an overseas region of France, having been in French possession since 1642. A number of far-flung and uninhabited islands, some located on the opposite side of Madagascar, were also politically part of Réunion until 2007, when they were transferred to the French Southern and Antarctic Territories. Capital: Saint-Denis. Pop: 767 000 (2004 est). Area: 2510 sq km (970 sq miles)
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Word Origin and History for re union

reunion

n.

c.1600, "act or fact of coming together again," from re- "back, again" + union; or from French réunion (1540s). Meaning "meeting of persons of previous connection" is from 1820.

The island of Reunion, formerly known as Bourbon, was renamed during the French Revolution (1793) in commemoration of the 1792 union of revolutionaries from Marseille with the National Guard in Paris, renamed back to Bourbon after 1815, then back to the Revolutionary name after 1848.

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