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Alençon

[a-lahn-sawn; English uh-len-suh n, -son] /a lɑ̃ˈsɔ̃; English əˈlɛn sən, -sɒn/
noun
1.
a city in and the capital of Orne, in NW France: lace manufacture.

Orne

[awrn] /ɔrn/
noun
1.
a department in NW France. 2372 sq. mi. (6145 sq. km).
Capital: Alençon.
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  • Anjou is, from all accounts, reckless and dissolute; and alencon is sickly.

  • Her cap was of alencon lace, knotted with a ribbon of green and gold.

  • They work on parchment from patterns which are supplied by the merchants in alencon.

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  • "There is the clock-tower of alencon," said the horseman, riding up to the carriage.

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  • As for me, I shall return on foot to alencon with my maid, and take a few of the soldiers with me.

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  • There, then, lay the secret of his royal bearing and of his residence in alencon.

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  • In which case, he could openly assume the leadership of the liberal party in alencon.

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  • The town of alencon, however, was not entirely represented by this salon.

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  • At that period the fashionable people of alencon dined at four.

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  • The property of the house of Troisville lay between alencon and Mortagne.

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British Dictionary definitions for alencon

Alençon

/French alɑ̃sɔ̃/
noun
1.
a town in NW France: early lace-manufacturing centre. Pop: 28 935 (1999)

Orne

/French ɔrn/
noun
1.
a department of NW France, in Basse-Normandie. Capital: Alençon. Pop: 291 274 (2003 est). Area: 6144 sq km (2396 sq miles)
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