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[French ee-pruh; British or Facetious wahy-perz] /French ˈi prə; British or Facetious ˈwaɪ pərz/
a town in W Belgium: battles 1914–18.
Flemish Ieper. Unabridged
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  • There was constant trouble between the people of Ypres and their neighbours at Poperinghe.

    Belgium George W. T. (George William Thomson) Omond
  • I fix the close of the first phase of the Battle of Ypres as the night of October 26th.

    1914 John French, Viscount of Ypres
  • She saw her son, and kissed him, and then asked to be sent back to Ypres.

    The Backwash of War Ellen N. La Motte
  • It looked as if the whole of the 1st Corps was about to fall back in confusion on Ypres.

    1914 John French, Viscount of Ypres
  • This important crossing of the Lys is the most direct route from Lille to Ypres.

  • On the 17th the Ypres salient was again the scene of heavy encounters.

    1914 John French, Viscount of Ypres
  • Fritzie had a mania for shelling crossing roads, and those in the Ypres salient are all named appropriately.

    Into the Jaws of Death Jack O'Brien
  • For Ypres had been rich in historic buildings and monuments of past days.

  • Far, far to the south Ypres flashes and flares on the horizon, with its night-long artillery fire.

    'Green Balls' Paul Bewsher
  • In a few days British artillery had flattened it out as badly as Ypres.

British Dictionary definitions for Ypres


/French iprə/
a town in W Belgium, in W Flanders province near the border with France: scene of many sieges and battles, esp in World War I, when it was completely destroyed. Pop: 35 021 (2004 est) Flemish name Ieper
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