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[awr-lee-uh nz; French awr-ley-ahn]
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  1. a city in and the capital of Loiret, in central France, SSW of Paris: English siege of the city raised by Joan of Arc 1428.


  1. a department in central France. 2630 sq. mi. (6810 sq. km). Capital: Orléans.


  1. a former province in N France. Capital: Orléans.

Orléans, d'

  1. Louis Phi·lippe Jo·seph [lwee fee-leep zhaw-zef] /lwi fiˈlip ʒɔˈzɛf/,DucPhilippe Égalité,1747–93, French political leader.
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Examples from the Web for orleans

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  • The Castle of Montargis is my jointure; at Orleans there is no house.

    The Memoirs of the Louis XIV. and The Regency, Complete

    Elizabeth-Charlotte, Duchesse d'Orleans

  • Thus argued he when on the following night, which was that of Friday, we lay at Orleans.

    The Suitors of Yvonne

    Raphael Sabatini

  • Orleans himself may desire it, but the man is a eunuch in crime; he would, but he can't.


    Rafael Sabatini

  • My grandfather was an adept in both, and knew, besides, the Duke of Orleans well.

    Gerald Fitzgerald

    Charles James Lever

  • She has been always attached to the Duchess of Orleans; or, some say, to the Duke.

    Sir Jasper Carew

    Charles James Lever

British Dictionary definitions for orleans


  1. a department of central France, in Centre region. Capital: Orléans. Pop: 629 377 (2003 est). Area: 6812 sq km (2657 sq miles)


  1. a former province of N central France, centred on Orléans


  1. a city in N central France, on the River Loire: famous for its deliverance by Joan of Arc from the long English siege in 1429; university (1305); an important rail and road junction. Pop: 113 126 (1999)


  1. Charles (ʃarl), Duc d'Orléans. 1394–1465, French poet; noted for the poems written during his imprisonment in England; father of Louis XII
  2. Louis Philippe Joseph (lwi filip ʒozɛf), Duc d'Orléans, known as Philippe Égalité (after 1792). 1747–93, French nobleman, who supported the French Revolution and voted for the death of his cousin, Louis XVI, but was executed after his son, the future king Louis-Philippe, defected to the Austrians
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Word Origin and History for orleans


city in France, French Orléans, Roman Aurelianum, named 3c. C.E. in honor of emperor Aurelius (having formerly been called Genabum, from roots *gen- "bend" (in a river) + *apa "water").

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