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[shahr-truh, shahrt; French shar-truh]
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  1. a city in and the capital of Eure-et-Loir, in N France, SW of Paris: cathedral.


  1. a department in central France. 2293 sq. mi. (5940 sq. km). Capital: Chartres.
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Examples from the Web for chartres

Historical Examples

  • We have finished our Paris this afternoon, and hope to leave for Chartres on Monday.

    Hortus Inclusus

    John Ruskin

  • All the steam in the world could not, like the Virgin, build Chartres.

  • They agreed to the terms and, pending their ratification, raised the siege of Chartres.

  • In the same year he was crowned at Chartres, and in 1594 Paris opened her gates to him.

  • She had not pastured in the meadows about Chartres with blind eyes.

British Dictionary definitions for chartres


  1. a city in NW France: Gothic cathedral; market town. Pop: 40 361 (1999)


  1. a department of N central France, in Centre region. Capital: Chartres. Pop: 412 094 (2003 est). Area: 5940 sq km (2317 sq miles)
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Word Origin and History for chartres


cathedral city in central France, said to be named for the Carnutes, Gaulish people who had a sacred place there, whose name is said to be from a root meaning "rock, stone," but there is a famous "Druid Stone" at the church.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper