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[bawr-doh] /bɔrˈdoʊ/
a seaport in and the capital of Gironde, in SW France, on the Garonne River.
any of various wines produced in the region surrounding Bordeaux, especially claret.


[juh-rond; French zhee-rawnd] /dʒəˈrɒnd; French ʒiˈrɔ̃d/
an estuary in SW France, formed by the junction of the Garonne and Dordogne rivers. 45 miles (72 km) long.
a department in SW France. 4141 sq. mi. (10,725 sq. km).
Capital: Bordeaux.
the Gironde, the party of the Girondists. Unabridged
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  • Directly our visit to them is over, we change our plans and leave Bordeaux.

    The Pit Prop Syndicate Freeman Wills Crofts
  • Had some conversation in French with one of the sailors who is a Frenchman from Bordeaux.

  • His first mayoralty was in 1273, and in 1275 he was Mayor of Bordeaux.

    The Story of London Henry B. Wheatley
  • At last all was ready and Lafayette reached Bordeaux where the boat was waiting.

    Lafayette Martha Foote Crow
  • He had flown by way of Bordeaux, and first landed in America, bare-headed and barefoot, and with a single halfpenny in his pocket.

British Dictionary definitions for Bordeaux


/bɔːˈdəʊ; French bɔrdo/
a port in SW France, on the River Garonne: a major centre of the wine trade. Pop: 215 363 (1999)
any of several red, white, or rosé wines produced around Bordeaux
adjective Bordelais


/French ʒirɔ̃d/
a department of SW France, in Aquitaine region. Capital: Bordeaux. Pop: 1 330 683 (2003 est). Area: 10 726 sq km (4183 sq miles)
an estuary in SW France, formed by the confluence of the Rivers Garonne and Dordogne. Length: 72 km (45 miles)
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Word Origin and History for Bordeaux

1560s, type of wine imported from the city in southwestern France. Its name is Roman Burdigala (1c.), perhaps from a Celtic or pre-Celtic source the sense of which has been lost.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Bordeaux in Culture
Bordeaux [(bawr-doh)]

Port city in southwestern France.

Note: The region around Bordeaux is known for its wine.
The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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