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Versailles

[ver-sahy, ver- or, French ver-sah-yuh] /vɛrˈsaɪ, vər- or, French vɛrˈsɑ yə/
noun
1.
a city in and the capital of Yvelines, in N France, about 12 miles (19 km) SW of Paris: palace of the French kings; peace treaty between the Allies and Germany 1919.

Yvelines

[eev-leen] /ivˈlin/
noun
1.
a department in N France. 877 sq. mi. (2271 sq. km).
Capital: Versailles.
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  • A parquet floor pattern also reflects many rooms in the palace of Versailles.
British Dictionary definitions for Versailles

Versailles

/vɛəˈsaɪ; -ˈseɪlz; French vɛrsɑj/
noun
1.
a city in N central France, near Paris: site of an elaborate royal residence built for Louis XIV; seat of the French kings (1682–1789). Pop: 85 726 (1999)
2.
Treaty of Versailles
  1. the treaty of 1919 imposed upon Germany by the Allies (except for the US and the Soviet Union): the most important of the five peace treaties that concluded World War I
  2. another name for (the Treaty of) Paris of 1783 See Paris1 (sense 1)

Yvelines

/French ivlin/
noun
1.
a department of N France, in Île de France region. Capital: Versailles. Pop: 1 370 443 (2003 est). Area: 2271 sq km (886 sq miles)
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Word Origin and History for Versailles

of uncertain origin; perhaps from Latin versus "slope." Originally a hunting lodge built by Louis XIII; made into a palace 17c. by Louis XIV.

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Versailles in Culture
Versailles [(ver-seye, vuhr-seye)]

City in northern France about ten miles southwest of Paris.

Note: It is the site of the Palace of Versailles, which was built by King Louis xiv in the seventeenth century and was the royal residence for over one hundred years.
Note: The French Revolution began in Versailles, when mobs stormed the palace.
Note: The Treaty of Versailles, signed in 1919, officially ended World War I.
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