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[kan, kanz; French kan] /kæn, kænz; French kan/
a city in SE France, on the Mediterranean Sea: resort; annual film festival. Unabridged
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  • He could almost understand why Tom had wept between Cannes and Nice.

    A Great Man Arnold Bennett
  • Will your cousin come south this year, to that beautiful villa of his at Cannes?

    The Arrow of Gold Joseph Conrad
  • She wondered less, and envied them less, after she had seen them at Cannes.

  • "I'll drive you to Cannes like a shot," Richard assented heartily.

    Mr. Grex of Monte Carlo E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • Then they re-entered the car, lit up, and glided off on the road for Cannes.

    Mr. Grex of Monte Carlo E. Phillips Oppenheim
British Dictionary definitions for Cannes


/kæn; kænz; French kan/
a port and resort in SE France: developed in the 19th century from a fishing village; annual film festival. Pop: 67 304 (1999)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Cannes

city on the French Riviera, perhaps from a pre-Indo-European word *kan, meaning "height." The film festival dates from 1946.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Cannes in Culture
Cannes [(kan)]

Fashionable resort on the French Riviera.

Note: Cannes hosts an annual international film festival.
The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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