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marseilles

[mahr-seylz]
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noun
  1. a thick cotton fabric woven in figures or stripes with an embossed effect, chiefly for bedspreads and other coverings.

Origin of marseilles

First recorded in 1755–65; after Marseilles

Marseilles

[mahr-sey]
noun
  1. a seaport in and the capital of Bouches-du-Rhône department, in SE France.
French Mar·seille [mar-se-yuh] /marˈsɛ yə/.

Bouches-du-Rhône

[boosh-dy-rohn]
noun
  1. a department in SE France. 2026 sq. mi. (5245 sq. km). Capital: Marseilles.
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British Dictionary definitions for marseilles

Bouches-du-Rhône

noun
  1. a department of S central France, in Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region. Capital: Marseille. Pop: 1 883 645 (2003 est). Area: 5284 sq km (2047 sq miles)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for marseilles

Marseilles

city in southern France, from French Marseille, ultimately from Greek Massilia, probably from a pre-Latin language of Italy, perhaps Ligurian mas "spring."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

marseilles in Culture

Marseilles

[(mahr-say)]

City in southeastern France on the Mediterranean Sea; the second-largest city in France, after Paris, and its main seaport.

Note

The Marseillaise,” France's national anthem, is so named because it was a martial song popular with soldiers from Marseilles, who sang it upon entering Paris in 1792.
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