Try Our Apps


Avoid these words. Seriously.


[par-is; for 2 also French pa-ree] /ˈpær ɪs; for 2 also French paˈri/
Matthew, Matthew of Paris.
Ancient Lutetia Parisiorum, Parisii
[puh-riz-ee-ahy] /pəˈrɪz iˌaɪ/ (Show IPA)
. a city in and the capital of France and capital of Ville-de-Paris Department, in the N part, on the Seine.
a city in NE Texas.
a town in NW Tennessee.
Treaty of.
  1. a treaty signed in 1763 by France, Spain, and Great Britain that ended the Seven Years' War and the French and Indian War.
  2. a treaty signed in 1783 by the United States and Great Britain that ended the American Revolution.
  3. a treaty signed in 1898 by the United States and Spain that ended the Spanish-American War.


[par-is] /ˈpær ɪs/
noun, Classical Mythology.
a Trojan prince, son of Priam and Hecuba and brother of Cassandra, who awarded the apple of discord to Aphrodite and was by her help enabled to abduct Helen.
Also called Alexander, Alexandros.


[veel-duh-pa-ree] /vil də paˈri/
a department in N France. 41 sq. mi. (106 sq. km).
Capital: Paris.


[frans, frahns; French frahns] /fræns, frɑns; French frɑ̃s/
[a-na-tawl] /a naˈtɔl/ (Show IPA),
(Jacques Anatole Thibault) 1844–1924, French novelist and essayist: Nobel Prize 1921.
a republic in W Europe. 212,736 sq. mi. (550,985 sq. km).
Capital: Paris.
Heraldry. fleurs-de-lis or upon azure:
a bordure of France.
Related forms
anti-France, adjective
pro-France, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for Paris
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • Paris on short notice will be cosily and coaxingly intimate.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • The Maison d'Or—Paris—would no longer be what they had been.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • He had travelled, and had been a merchant's clerk in Paris and London.

    Malbone Thomas Wentworth Higginson
  • I know that in Paris, for instance, I myself have no temptations.

    Malbone Thomas Wentworth Higginson
  • How carefully I packed my pipe, gazing serenely over the roofs of Paris.

    Ballads of a Bohemian Robert W. Service
British Dictionary definitions for Paris


/ˈpærɪs; French pari/
the capital of France, in the north on the River Seine: constitutes a department; dates from the 3rd century bc, becoming capital of France in 987; centre of the French Revolution; centres around its original site on an island in the Seine, the Île de la Cité, containing Notre Dame; university (1150). Pop: 2 125 246 (1999) Ancient name Lutetia
Treaty of Paris
  1. a treaty of 1783 between the US, Britain, France, and Spain, ending the War of American Independence
  2. a treaty of 1763 signed by Britain, France, and Spain that ended their involvement in the Seven Years' War
  3. a treaty of 1898 between Spain and the US bringing to an end the Spanish-American War
Word Origin
via French and Old French, from Late Latin (Lūtētia) Parisiōrum (marshes) of the Parisii, a tribe of Celtic Gaul


(Greek myth) a prince of Troy, whose abduction of Helen from her husband Menelaus started the Trojan War
Matthew. ?1200–59, English chronicler, whose principal work is the Chronica Majora


a republic in W Europe, between the English Channel, the Mediterranean, and the Atlantic: the largest country wholly in Europe; became a republic in 1793 after the French Revolution and an empire in 1804 under Napoleon; reverted to a monarchy (1815–48), followed by the Second Republic (1848–52), the Second Empire (1852–70), the Third Republic (1870–1940), and the Fourth and Fifth Republics (1946 and 1958); a member of the European Union. It is generally flat or undulating in the north and west and mountainous in the south and east. Official language: French. Religion: Roman Catholic majority. Currency: euro. Capital: Paris. Pop: 62 814 233 (2013 est). Area: (including Corsica) 551 600 sq km (212 973 sq miles) related adjectives French Gallic


/French frɑ̃s/
Anatole (anatɔl), real name Anatole François Thibault. 1844–1924, French novelist, short-story writer, and critic. His works include Le Crime de Sylvestre Bonnard (1881), L'Île des Pingouins (1908), and La Révolte des anges (1914): Nobel prize for literature 1921
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
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for Paris

capital of France, from Gallo-Latin Lutetia Parisorum (in Late Latin also Parisii), name of a fortified town of the Gaulish tribe of the Parisii, who had a capital there; literally "Parisian swamps" (cf. Old Irish loth "dirt," Welsh lludedic "muddy, slimy").

The tribal name is of unknown origin, but traditionally derived from a Celtic par "boat" (cf. Greek baris; see barge), hence the ship on the city's coat of arms.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Paris in Culture

Paris definition

A prince of Troy in classical mythology, whose abduction of the Greek queen Helen caused the Trojan War (see Helen of Troy and Judgment of Paris). Paris (or, according to some stories, Apollo disguised as Paris) killed Achilles by piercing his heel with an arrow.

Paris definition

Capital of France and the largest city in the country, located in north-central France on the Seine River; an international cultural and intellectual center, as well as the commercial and industrial focus of France.

Note: In the Treaty of Paris (1783), Britain formally acknowledged the independence of the thirteen colonies as the United States.
Note: In the 1920s, Paris was home to many artists and writers from the United States and other countries.
Note: During World War II, German troops occupied the city from 1940 to 1944.
Note: The city's tourist attractions include the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre Museum, and the Cathedral of Notre Dame de Paris. The Champs Élysées is the most famous of its many celebrated streets, avenues, and boulevards.
Note: Paris is a center for fashion and design.
Note: It is called the “City of Light.”

France definition

Nation in Europe bordered by Belgium and Luxembourg to the north; Germany, Switzerland, and Italy to the east; the Mediterranean Sea and Spain to the south; and the Atlantic Ocean to the west. Its capital and largest city is Paris.

Note: During the reign of Louis XIV (1653–1715), France was a principal world power and cultural center of Europe.
Note: The French Revolution, organized by leaders of the middle class and lower class, brought about an end to the French absolute monarchy and forged a transition from feudalism to the industrial era. A bloody and chaotic period, the Revolution helped lay the foundations of modern political philosophy and ultimately engulfed much of Europe in the Napoleonic Wars. (See Napoleon Bonaparte.)
Note: In the French and Indian War in the 1750s, the British and colonial forces drove the French from Canada and the region of the Great Lakes.
Note: In World War I, France was one of the Allies; much of that war was fought on French soil.
Note: In World War II, France's military resistance to the German army collapsed in the spring of 1940. Germans occupied much of France from 1940 to 1944. In 1944, the Allies invaded France, along with French troops, and drove the Germans out of France, finally defeating them in 1945.
Note: France is known for its wine, cheese, and cooking.
The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Nearby words for paris

Word Value for Paris

Scrabble Words With Friends