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douane

[dwan] /dwan/
noun, plural douanes
[dwan] /dwan/ (Show IPA).
French.
1.
a custom house; customs.
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  • Of course, our luggage had stuck at the douane at Modane, and was telegraphed for.

    An Autobiography Elizabeth Butler
  • The first house was the Austrian douane; the second, the inn.

    Italian Alps

    Douglas William Freshfield
  • As I sat waiting in the douane, I felt like puffing out and growing to make room for Russia inside me.

  • A cart loaded with split wood (larch) had boldly passed the door of the douane.

    A Residence in France J. Fenimore Cooper
  • We had emerged from the tunnel, successfully passed the douane, and were again in France.

    The Count's Chauffeur William Le Queux
  • The descent of nearly eighteen miles from the summit to the French douane at Sez, was like passing from mid-winter to mid-summer.

    Europe from a Motor Car Russell Richardson
  • Then we entered on the long, sharp descent to Sez, stopping at the douane where the French officials came out to receive us.

    Europe from a Motor Car Russell Richardson
  • It is three or four kilometres from the rope of the frontier to the French line of douane and its customs-gendarmes.

    The Challenge of the Dead Stephen Graham
  • "Wait a moment," he said, leading her aside towards the waiting-room, while the crowd that was going to the douane passed them by.

    Lady Rose's Daughter Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • Glad were we when they reached the Octroi, and when the indulgent Barrière passed them with all the honours of the douane.

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