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  1. one of a breed of large white or cream-colored beef cattle, originally of France, often used in crossbreeding.
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Also Cha·ro·laise [shar-uh-leyz] /ˌʃær əˈleɪz/.

Origin of Charolais

1890–95; < French charolais (masculine), charolaise (feminine) literally, pertaining to the town of Charolles (Saône-et-Loire) and le Charolais its environs
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Examples from the Web for charolais

Historical Examples

  • There is a grand chain of mountains on the right, called the Charolais.

    First Impressions on a Tour upon the Continent

    Marianne Baillie

  • During his absence, the Countess of Charolais had died and been buried at Antwerp.

    Charles the Bold

    Ruth Putnam

  • In Dinant this feeling was high, and there was, moreover, a manifestation of special animosity against the Count of Charolais.

    Charles the Bold

    Ruth Putnam

  • In the meanwhile the count of Charolais obtained the surrender of Ponthieu.

  • In proportion to the resignation displayed by the king was the joy of the Count of Charolais at seeing himself so near to peace.

British Dictionary definitions for charolais


  1. a breed of large white beef cattle that originated in France
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Word Origin

C19: from French: named after Monts du Charollais, E France
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