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[kal-vuh-dohs, -dos, kal-vuh-dohs, -dos; for 1 also French kal-va-daws] /ˌkæl vəˈdoʊs, -ˈdɒs, ˈkæl vəˌdoʊs, -ˌdɒs; for 1 also French kal vaˈdɔs/
a department in NW France. 2198 sq. mi. (5693 sq. km).
Capital: Caen.
(sometimes lowercase) a dry apple brandy made from apple cider in Normandy. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The Monarchists also carried every other seat for the Calvados, making seven in all.

    France and the Republic William Henry Hurlbert
  • Though the Calvados was the chosen home of M. Guizot, it was not his birthplace.

    France and the Republic William Henry Hurlbert
  • This department offers a most instructive contrast with the Calvados.

    France and the Republic William Henry Hurlbert
  • They noticed on the table a bottle of Calvados, three quarters emptied.

    Bouvard and Pcuchet Gustave Flaubert
  • Ice-cold coffee will almost sizzle when Calvados is poured into it.

    All About Coffee William H. Ukers
British Dictionary definitions for Calvados


a department of N France in the Basse-Normandie region. Capital: Caen. Pop: 659 893 (2003 est). Area: 5693 sq km (2198 sq miles)
an apple brandy distilled from cider in this region
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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