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[roo-ahn, -ahn; French rwahn] /ruˈɑ̃, -ˈɑn; French rwɑ̃/
a city in and the capital of Seine-Maritime, in N France, on the Seine: famous cathedral; execution of Joan of Arc 1431.
one of a breed of domestic ducks resembling the wild mallard.


[sen-mah-ree-teem] /sɛn mɑ riˈtim/
a department in NW France. 2449 sq. mi. (6340 sq. km).
Capital: Rouen.
Formerly Seine-Inférieure
[sen-an-fey-ryœr] /sɛn ɛ̃ feɪˈryœr/ (Show IPA)
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  • The west portal of Rouen is half covered by a forest of timbering.

    Cathedral Cities of France Herbert Marshall
  • In fact, Rodolphe, after many reflections, had decided to set out for Rouen.

    Madame Bovary Gustave Flaubert
  • What is it, for instance, that has destroyed the Rouen, the Oxford of my elegant poetic regret?

    Signs of Change William Morris
  • Men spoke Danish there when not a word of Danish was understood at Rouen.

  • Among her friends she included Chaumette and Desbazeilles, both officials of the court at Rouen.

    A Zola Dictionary J. G. Patterson
  • In 556 a great fire had destroyed most of the city of Rouen.

    The Story of Rouen Sir Theodore Andrea Cook
  • The effect, for instance, of the modern electric tram in the midst of a city like Rouen is nothing less than extraordinary.

    Autumn Impressions of the Gironde Isabel Giberne Sieveking
  • In Rouen itself they welcomed scholars, poets, theologians, and artists.

    The Story of Rouen Sir Theodore Andrea Cook
  • Had they fled frankly with him, to Rouen or anywhither, long ago!

    The French Revolution Thomas Carlyle
British Dictionary definitions for Rouen


/French rwɑ̃/
a city in N France, on the River Seine: the chief river port of France; became capital of the duchy of Normandy in 912; scene of the burning of Joan of Arc (1431); university (1964). Pop: 106 592 (1999)


/French sɛnmaritim/
a department of N France, in Haute-Normandie region. Capital: Rouen. Pop: 1 237 263 (2003 est). Area: 6342 sq km (2473 sq miles)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Rouen

city in northern France, Roman Rotomagus, in which the second element is Gaulish magos "field, market," and the first is roto "wheel," perhaps reflecting the Gaulish love of chariot-racing, or else it is a personal name.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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