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[gawl] /gɔl/
an ancient region in W Europe, including the modern areas of N Italy, France, Belgium, and the S Netherlands: consisted of two main divisions, one part S of the Alps (Cisalpine Gaul) and another part N of the Alps (Transalpine Gaul)
Latin Gallia. a province of the ancient Roman Empire, including the territory corresponding to modern France, Belgium, the S Netherlands, Switzerland, N Italy, and Germany W of the Rhine.
an inhabitant of the ancient region of Gaul.
a native or inhabitant of France. Unabridged
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  • A storm dispersed the eighteen galleys which were to transport the cavalry of Csar, and drove them back upon the coast of Gaul.

  • Escanes wants a cook who can fry a capon in a special way they wot of in Gaul.

    "Unto Caesar" Baroness Emmuska Orczy
  • Germany is the native land of these; just as Gaul was of the Kelts.

    Man and His Migrations R. G. (Robert Gordon) Latham
  • The first thing, then, you have to note of her, is that she is a pure native Gaul.

  • The school-master's mind was like ancient Gaul—divided into three parts.

    The Hoosier Schoolmaster Edward Eggleston
British Dictionary definitions for Gaul


an ancient region of W Europe corresponding to N Italy, France, Belgium, part of Germany, and the S Netherlands: divided into Cisalpine Gaul, which became a Roman province before 100 bc, and Transalpine Gaul, which was conquered by Julius Caesar (58–51 bc) Latin name Gallia
a native of ancient Gaul
a Frenchman
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Gaul

1560s, from French Gaule, from Latin Gallia, from Gallus "a Gaul." Also used somewhat facetiously for "a Frenchman." Gauloise, popular brand of French cigarettes, dates to 1910.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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